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  • Legal FAQs

    Condensation, mould, or more sinister?

    Living on the ground floor of an upstairs downstairs flat, when we initially moved in the flat seemed in perfect condition however over time mould developed in the living room and bedroom it contaminated clothes, shoes, bags, suitcases and was growing in the corner of our bedroom right beside our bed.

    The letting agency came to see it and said it was condensation mould and that it was essentially our fault for not leaving windows open to allow the flat to be ventilated, so they gave us a dehumidifier which has filled up with water fully every day for 3 weeks.

    We’re concerned that this may not be what they assumed - condensation mould - and may be more dangerous and become problematic in the winter. If anyone has any knowledge of this issue and any advice would be appreciated!
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    Well it may be condensation mould but without knowing how you use the flat it's hard to say. If you really have doubts then I would suggest you speak to a lawyer.

    Ultimately you will need to get someone in to assess the source of the damp. There could be a leak or it may be rising damp due to a missing or damaged damp proof course.

    If the property is not in a state of repair then the landlord will be liable to resolve this and compensate you for the damage to your possessions.
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    David Smith
    Landlord & Tenant Solicitor
    Anthony Gold Solicitors

    Find me on LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/dsnsmith

    All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my firm. No comment made should be taken as legal advice and you should consult a solicitor or other legal professional for advice on your specific situation.

    Yes first you need to be sure of what you are dealing with.

    It could be rising damp since you are ground floor, or issues from building next door if its a terrace or semi. If you are drying clothes inside but without opening the windows, this can be a cause of the problem.

    I used to get these issues with my flats sometimes.

    You'd get folks calling and saying there is mould but when you got there to view it you found a couple of drying racks full of hanging clothes and the rads covered in wet clothes, yet all the windows were closed!

    Even if you don't dry clothes inside, you still need to ventilate regularly to stop condensation build up and clear out odours.

    It does concern me that despite the dehumidifer and I assume you are now opening the windows regularly, that mould is returning to your clothes and bags.

    It takes a while to dry out a property but the problem should be getting better. I would certainly have someone check it out to make sure its not anything more serious.

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