Mould Matters, Navigating the World of Mildew for a Healthier Home.
Mould and mildew are unwelcome guests that can find their way into any home, causing not only unsightly stains but also potential health risks.
Any mould and mildew related issues within a rented property typically fall under the Landlord’s responsibility, rather than the Tenant’s. While tenants may identify and report these problems, it is the Landlord’s duty of care to address and resolve such issues promptly.
Landlords are expected to maintain a safe and habitable living environment, and this includes addressing issues that can compromise the health and well-being of tenants. It is crucial for Landlords to take preventive measures, address leaks or ventilation problems, and promptly remediate any concerns to ensure a healthy living space for their tenants.
We will explore the causes and provide practical tips on keeping spores at bay. If tenant’s notice any patches forming in their homes or on walls or ceilings, we advise they contact their Landlord or management company, they should advise on the best course of action.
Understanding the Culprits:
Mould and mildew thrive in damp and humid environments, making bathrooms, kitchens, and poorly ventilated spaces their favourite spots. Leaks, inadequate ventilation and high humidity levels create the perfect breeding ground for these unwanted intruders.
Ventilation is Key. Ensure your Tenants are aware of how to proper ventilate bathrooms and kitchens, this can be done by simply using extractor fans and opening windows. Adequate airflow helps reduce moisture build-up. Reminding tenants of the importance of putting lids on their pans, when using the hob and ensuring the cooker extractor fan is switched on can both help combat moisture in the air.
Address Leaks Promptly:
Work with your trusted contractors to keep the property safe and sound, fix any leaks or water damage immediately. Mould loves moisture and eliminating the source is crucial to preventing its growth.
Advise your Tenants to use dehumidifiers in damp areas to maintain optimal humidity levels. This makes it harder for mould to flourish. Extractor fans efficiently remove moist air steam. In newer and advanced homes, ‘continuous running’ extractor fans are often installed in ceilings of bath and shower areas.
Make sure Tenants realise the importance of cleaning regularly and dusting to prevent the accumulation of spores. Advise they pay attention to often-neglected areas, like windowsills and corners. Ensure they have adequate space between their furniture to allow a constant airflow. Some Landlords chose to provide a cleaner as part of the tenancy, this is typically offered for multi-lets.
Natural Mould Defence:
To remove spores from walls you can suggest using a natural substance like vinegar or tea tree oil. Mixed with water and applied to affected areas is a simpler and inexpensive option.
We strongly advise our tenants to dry washing outside where possible. Drying laundry indoors raises moisture levels. Equally we also suggest our tenants do not dry clothes on radiators unless ventilation is increased.
Luna Move – What can we do to help?
Marinating a habitable and healthy living space is the Landlord’s responsibility. Part of our role and to support our Landlords in achieving this involves early detection of any concerns. As part of our full management service, we conduct regular property inspections to spot potential issues, some that may not even be apparent to your tenants. We understand early detection, particularly of mould is vital.
By keenly observing areas prone to moisture and poor ventilation, such as bathrooms and kitchens, we can promptly advise our Landlords and Tenants on preventive measures or steps. Additionally, our collaboration with tenants helps in recognising and reporting any emerging concerns swiftly. Maintaining a mould-free environment is essential for both the aesthetics and more importantly the health of the living space.
Educating both our Landlords and Tenants on proper ventilation practices and providing guidance on resolving minor issues enables us to safeguard your properties. Do not let mould and mildew take over – take control with proactive steps and professional assistance.