This two-minute read looks at some simple steps landlords and tenants can take to reduce the risk of condensation causing mould, damp and disputes.
When moist air is cooled by contact with cold surfaces such as walls, windows or mirrors, the moisture condenses into water droplets, AKA: condensation.
This can often cause unsightly mould and, in extreme cases, be unhealthy. Not just in terms of physical health but because it’s a common breeding ground for disputes between landlords and tenants.
Condensation is more likely to strike when the weather gets colder outside and people start warming up their homes. So, October to February are the main ‘problem’ months to be aware of when it comes to condensation.
The issue is a recurring reason why landlords and tenants have disputes. This is because avoiding condensation can fall under the tenant’s responsibilities. Think of it as an upkeep issue. While certain other types of dampness are usually beyond a tenant’s reasonable control (usually rising and penetrating), making it the landlord’s responsibility.
If the cause of it is unclear, it’s fertile ground for a fallout.
Also, most rental property insurance policies don’t cover dampness caused by condensation.
Condensation that leads to mould is usually easily treated and predominantly caused by poor ventilation. Rising damp, which often spreads up walls, differs from penetrating damp caused by outside water seeping into the building. While both are curable, they can be costly to resolve.
By being proactive and helping tenants be fully informed about the causes of condensation and its risks, landlords insulate themselves from more significant problems in the future.
These simple steps go a long way to keep condensation at bay.
If a tenant takes reasonable care and a landlord is proactive, the C-word shouldn’t be something to worry about.
When we move new tenants into rental properties in Waterford, we always discuss how to combat condensation and their responsibilities.
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