At this time of year mould caused by condensation is by far the most common cause of damage to a rented property. Tenants can take some simple steps to minimise mould:
• Clean and dry all windows, window sills and any other surfaces that have become damp.
• If possible, always hang your washing outside. If this is not possible, hang it in a well ventilated area. Do NOT dry washing on radiators as this will add to the moisture already in the air.
• If you have an extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom, use it. If it’s faulty or you can’t hold a postcard to it when switched on then advise your landlord so that they can repair or replace it.
• If you use a tumble dryer, ensure it is well ventilated to the outside, or that it is the new condensing type.
• Let your landlord or letting agent know if there is an existing mould problem.
• If the property is prone to condensation then daily use of a de-humidifier unit can be very beneficial. These come in all shapes and sizes, cost very little to run and draw out the excess moisture from the air helping to keep condensation under control.