Privately rented homes - Damp, mould and condensation
Damp can be caused by condensation, so you should reduce condensation in order to reduce the risk of damp and mould forming. We have provided some tips to help you.
- cause mould on walls and furniture
- make timber window frames rot
- encourage the growth of mould and mites, and
- increase the risk of respiratory illness.
The following tips should help reduce condensation...
Kill and remove mould
- Wipe down walls and window frames with a fungicidal wash or mould spray.
- After treatment, redecorate using a good quality anti-fungal paint to help prevent mould from recurring
Ventilate to remove moisture
- Do not block ventilators or chimneys
- Ventilate bathrooms or kitchens and close the doors when these rooms are in use to prevent moisture spreading.
Produce less moisture
- Cover pans and do not leave kettles boiling
- Dry washing outdoors, or in a bathroom with door closed and window open.
Heat and insulate your home
Condensation is less likely when the house is warmer. You should ask your landlord to:
- Insulate your loft
- Consider cavity wall insulation (check if building regulations approval is required)
- Consider secondary and double glazing.
- In cold weather, keep low background heating on all day, even when there's no one at home.
If you still have damp, mould and condensation after following these steps, you can report the problem to us. If it turns out that the problem arises from condensation due to lifestyle and the property has adequate heating and ventilation then we may not be able to assist you.
Further information and enquiries
- Shelter - Damp and mould in rented homes (Video: What you can do about damp and mould in your home)
- Enquiries please to our Environmental Health services. See contact details below.