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London Tenants Suffering Drainage and Damp Problems

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Mould on walls in UK rented accommodationSurvey Finds Majority of London Tenants With Damp and Drainage Issues

A recent survey of 1,000 tenants found the majority, some 85%, had experienced damp or drainage problems during their tenancy, with nearly 30% saying they’d received no help from their landlord. Tenants in London are more likely to experience drainage problems than those in other regions; 90% of those renting property in the capital said they’d contacted their landlords with plumbing concerns. The problems reported ranged from damp stains on walls and near windows, unpleasant odours from drains, leaking pipes and blocked drains. Damp problems were the most commonly reported issues.

Different Types of Dampness

There are various types of damp, one of which can sometimes be the fault of the occupier of the property whether the tenant or an owner occupier. Rising damp - when moisture rises from the ground and moves through the property’s masonry to a height of usually around one metre. Therefore, if a tenant living in a flat above the ground floor is experiencing damp it’s unlikely to be rising damp. The landlord is responsible as it’s their job to ensure the structure of the property is in good repair. Penetrating damp - when water gets into the fabric of the property from outside to in, such as through a leaking outside down pipe, guttering, roof, a cracked wall or through rotten windows and doors. Again, the landlord is responsible as penetrating damp falls within their obligation to maintain the basic structure of the property. Construction damp - an inherent damp problem caused by the way the property was constructed originally. If the dampness isn’t causing any structural deterioration, then the landlord may not be responsible for repair. If, however, damage is caused to say the wall or ceiling

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