29% of UK renters experiencing drainage or damp issues receive no assistance from their landlord…
New research from 1,000 private tenants has revealed that the vast majority have experienced problems with damp or poor drainage at some point during their tenancy.
The survey commissioned by drainage firm Lanes Group found that 85% of respondents had experienced damp or drainage issues, where just under a third (29%) claimed that they hadn’t received any assistance from their landlord in dealing with these sort of repair issues at all.
The most common problems experienced by participants was persistent damp on walls or around windows, followed by dripping taps and bad smells from drains.
Other frequent problems cited by respondents were poorly-fitted bathrooms, poorly-fitted appliances, low water pressure, drain blockages, leaking pipes and flooding.
What hasn’t been clarified by drainage company Lanes Group is whether these issues were in fact damp (a landlords responsibility) or the more common issue of condensation (a tenants responsibility).
Do you know how to identify and reduce condensation, as well as treating the mould growth often associated with it?
Most homes will be affected by condensation at some point. However, certain activities can increase the problem. Whether you are an owner occupier or a rent-paying tenant, condensation and mould growth is often due to habits and lifestyle and is something that can be reduced or remedied by the occupant.
Cooking, washing, drying clothes indoors, even breathing – all produce water vapour that can only be seen when tiny drops of water (condensation) appear on colder surfaces such as walls, windows, ceilings or mirrors.
The ‘amount’ of condensation in a home depends upon three factors:
1. How much water vapour is produced by the actions of its residents,
2. How cold or warm the property is,
3. How much air circulation (ventilation) there is.
Simply turning up the heating will not sort out the problem, this may only temporarily reduce condensation. All three factors may need to be looked at to reduce the problem.
Please find further helpful information and advice in this (free) booklet, from award-winning partnership consortium Homestamp.
This is where the National Landlords Code of Excellence (free) property maintenance and repair reporting facility for private renters comes into play.
Maintenance is one of the more complex issues to define, particularly for private tenants and is one of the main reasons for deposit disputes between landlords and tenants at the end of a tenancy.
The NLCE system has been built specifically for private renters who want:
☆ Peace of mind that their home is up to a safe and secure standard.
☆☆ Fewer issues.
☆☆☆ No more chasing.
☆☆☆☆ Faster fixes.
☆☆☆☆☆ Clearer communication.
In compliance with the law the reporting tool also provides a translation service, which allows tenants to report a problem to their landlord in over 100 languages.