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  • Buy-to-Let

    Bathroom extraction fan

    Hi All

    I'm about to get keys next week for my 2 bed leasehold flat for BTL and I have an issue. There is window in a bathroom but no fan or ventilation at all. Is it legal requirement to install the electric extraction fan to let out the moisture excess? Thanks for an advice.

    Paul

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    If the bathroom has a window, building regs. do not require an extractor fan. 

    However, if you have any concerns about moisture and damp i.e. in the winter when it is unlikely that tenants will be opening windows when bathing/showering, then it might be prudent to fit one imho.

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    I’ve done few buy to let refurbs and now always put an extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom, I didn’t always though trying to save on costs and have had problems with damp/ condensation in those.

    I’ve twice had to remove silicone round a bath and redo, and facing have damp work and redecorating in a kitchen.

    As previously said tenants don’t always open windows and ventilate properly. I’m looking at retro fitting a bathroom fan and obviously more expensive and hassle doing now tenants are living there.

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    It is likely that the lease will not allow you to drill a hole through the outside wall, if considering this you should obtain permission from the freeholder first.

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    Or fit it in the window

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    DISCLAIMER just my personal opinion - for legal advice consult a qualified professional grown-up.

    Hey Kilopeta,

    I was having similar silicone mould issues as Gary, even with an opening window in the bathroom.

    I got a local electrician to bore a hole and fit a fan, huge improvement. Well worth the money. Can't remember exactly, but all in about £50.


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    If you by any chance decide to venture into the HMO world,  fit a movement activated light which in turn activates the fan.  When they walk out the light and fan will switch off.

    Tenants who don't pay the electric bills  are fond of leaving the lights on all day,  which means the fan is on all day,  and the motor burns out after a few weeks.

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    Hi Kilopeta,

    I have a bathroom with a window and an extractor fan but it stops with the light being switched off.  The bathroom has developed mould issues and now I am having to fork out to get rid of the mould ie removing silicon and regretting.  Luckily it is all tiled so it is easy to clean. Now I will be fitting a 30min timed so it gives extra chance for steam to escape after the hot water has been turned off.

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