To think something should've been done about this mould after nearly 2 weeks? (picture included)

(32 Posts)
SaggingTits Mon 18-Jan-16 23:59:51

Just that really? Still haven't hear back from Landlord since him saying he would sort it, 2 weeks ago?

SaggingTits Tue 19-Jan-16 00:00:38

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SapphireSeptember Tue 19-Jan-16 00:10:56

Nope, not U! Landlords are generally useless at sorting out mould in my experience. We had mushrooms growing on our skirting board in the bedroom and on the window frame in the living room and they did sweet FA, (and this was after huge mould issues.) angry

I'd give them a ring and ask them to sort it ASAP, it should always be dealt with immediately otherwise it just gets worse.

Potatoface2 Tue 19-Jan-16 00:57:41

you have to sort out what is causing the mould.....condensation, a leak, rising damp, or whatever before you treat the mould or else it will return

TheHouseOnTheLane Tue 19-Jan-16 03:38:20

Call your council and ask to go through to the health and safety dept. I did this and they sent specialists to my flat within days and then issued the LL with a legal notice that it had to be fixed or he'd face court.

TheHouseOnTheLane Tue 19-Jan-16 03:39:01

Potato that's not her job though...it's the landlord's job and he or she hasn't done it.

Iwonderwhy123 Tue 19-Jan-16 04:09:49

Just keep on at them, it's just not acceptable. Try and send emails or recorded delivery letters so you've got proof. We've had huge problems with damp and mould, estate agents useless until we involved Environmental Health then the miraculously were able to are age to come round within 24 hours. Still a lot of problems though which won't be solved until a lot of remedial building work is done.

Osolea Tue 19-Jan-16 07:46:20

Is it in your bathroom? Just asking because you haven't included much info and it looks like it's on tiles, so it could just be that you need to ventilate more when using the bathroom.

Get some of that dettol mould remover that comes in a green bottle, it's fab. Have you tried cleaning it and then had it come back?

It's not automatically the landlords fault if there's something you could be doing to prevent it.

toastyarmadillo Tue 19-Jan-16 07:52:06

Involve environmental health, look on your local councils website. Landlords and estate agents fix things surprisingly quickly once environmental health is involved.

ItsMeImHere Tue 19-Jan-16 07:59:23

It looks like a damp leak within a painted wall? Contact your LL again and emphasise that the problem has not gone away (as some landlords think things do if they ignore them).

In the mean time (and I know it isn't really your place to do so) you could use a damp/mildew spray and wipe it down. It will clean away easily, but will return until the cause is sorted.

Second what a pp said about contacting via email so you have proof of raising the issue.

SaucyJack Tue 19-Jan-16 08:04:39

If it's condensation (which it looks like it is) then there's nothing your LL can do.

Condensation is a lifestyle (can't think of a better word) problem. You need to open windows to let out moist air.

TheHouseOnTheLane Tue 19-Jan-16 09:06:32

Saucy you don't know that's what it is...and even if it IS then the LL is responsible for getting it gone...and also for telling the OP what to do to avoid it.

MatildaTheCat Tue 19-Jan-16 09:22:23

That is a classic pattern of mould when condensation builds up. It's not nice but as above, ventilation is key. Open windows pretty much all the time. Even just a small amount allows air circulation. At night just breathing creates a huge amount of water which clings to cold outside walls. Drying washing and cooking also add vastly to the problem.

Keep furniture and belongings away from outside walls to allow air to circulate. Wipes any moisture off walls before the mould forms. It is easy to wipe away and as above use an anti mould cleaner.

I'm not saying your LL has no responsibility but these are often simple lifestyle issues: many older properties ( and probably newer ones, too) just aren't deigned to be sealed up with no air through and have all the moisture we create pumped in.

A dehumidifier can be very helpful on top of the above actions and anti mould paint is good. As a LL who had this problem we eventually installed a ventilation system which was expensive but solved the problem. However I wouldn't have done that until we had tried everything else first.mwithin the same block everyone else is managing by self help.

shiteforbrains Tue 19-Jan-16 09:33:17

My landlord not only did nothing about the mould, she actually had the audacity to try and take money off my deposit to have it cleaned away when I left!

A previous landlord suggested it was my fault for using underbed storage bags when I showed him the mould all over all of my clothes. He also refused to pay for two rotten chests of drawers and a rotten futon from rising damp in one of the bedrooms.

Another simply gave me a tin of damp-barrier paint when I told him that the spare room was so damp that when I went to check if the first coat of paint was dry I found it had run off the walls and was on the carpet.

5 years of living in rented flats was enough to make me question all of humanity. Not one decent landlord in all that time, we moved 4 times in 2 years.

HighwayDragon1 Tue 19-Jan-16 09:38:04

Buy some mould amd mildew remover and scrub it off. Keep the room well ventilated and don't dry clothes inside.

OurBlanche Tue 19-Jan-16 09:39:23

Mould and damp is one of those areas where both tenant and landlord bear responsibility. It entirely depends on the cause.

Yes, your LL is being slow and you should chase it up. But you also need to find out what is causing it. If it is the way you use the house then you need to act, e.g. more ventilation, matter how cold that would make that room/the house.

If you were HA or council that is the advice you would be given: take steps to reduce condensation, ventilate more, use anti mould sprays, etc.

Do you know what is causing it?

OurBlanche Tue 19-Jan-16 09:41:06

TheHouse that isn't true. If the mould is caused by the tenant's lifestyle/actions then it is their responsibility to deal with it.

Fizzielove Tue 19-Jan-16 09:45:29

I've found a little neat bleach on a cloth removes most mould if it's from condensation build up. Try that and if it doesn't work then push the LL for a specialist!

Collaborate Tue 19-Jan-16 09:45:57

Something can be done about condensation. Better ventilation for starters.

JustWantToBeDorisAgain Tue 19-Jan-16 10:01:10

Cilia bang the white topped one ( not any of the others ) works fantastically, gets it off tiles grout walls.

Doesn't stop the problem reoccurring but it may be a way of controlling it in the interim. Ventilating the room will also help.

lostInTheWash Tue 19-Jan-16 10:14:53

You want to get an anti-Bacterial Mould & Mildew Remover spray - dettol do a good one - or wipe down with bleach.

It you look round and find a reason - broken guttering - then the landlord should deal with that.

If there is a fan in bathroom that should be on during baths and showers - otherwise open window for about 20 min afterwards.

Otherwise open windows as much as possible to ventilate property and try and dry washing outside as much as possible - for one really bad property we had to buy a de-humidifier - which was useful for many years and subsequent properties.

One property we had really bad mould landlady was useless - when we moved out moved furniture of internal walls to find walls covered in black mould. They started replacing the roof when we were moving out - we'd been heating whole town - make me wonder how much that was a factor.

IndridCold Tue 19-Jan-16 10:33:06

YANBU, you should not have to wait 2 weeks for the landlord to come and look at this. Definitely chase them up.

We are landlords of a flat in a block of 16. All the flats have ongoing damp problems but, according to the managing agents, many of those problems are caused by condensation, and are therefore down to the tenants. So do make sure that you are well ventilated, even though it is hard when the weather is cold!

I had one tenant who moaned the whole 6 months (in fact it was his mum doing the moaning) about the terrible damp and how it was making his asthma much worse. It turned out that he had an exercise bike, and was doing workouts with the heating right up and the windows closed!

whois Tue 19-Jan-16 10:38:31

Mould and damp is one of those areas where both tenant and landlord bear responsibility. It entirely depends on the cause.

Yup. Why on earth haven't you cleaned it off with mould spray/bleach - cranked the heating up and opened some windows to improve ventilation?

Are you drying washing inside? If so, STOP unless the windows are open.

Oldraver Tue 19-Jan-16 10:39:30

Saucy you don't know that's what it is...and even if it IS then the LL is responsible for getting it gone...and also for telling the OP what to do to avoid it.

No it fecking well isnt. Its not the landlords job to pussy foot round a tennant who isnt ventilating the house properly.

Yes is there is mould due to damp coming in from outside, broken guttering etc then the landlords job to repair.

3sugarsplease Tue 19-Jan-16 10:45:33

Agree with all the posters you need to assess why there is mould, again if it's because you're not ventilating it properly/drying washing etc then don't even bother with the landlord because quite frankly you will look like abit of a tit.

If you arnt doing those things and have no idea where it is coming from then you are well within reason.

IME landlords don't like dealing with the issue of mould.. Usually means there is more of an issue and they don't often want the expense.. I'm still currently waiting for my LL to come and sort the damp issue out in my living room.

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