Who is responsible to remove mould? Tenant or landlord?

(37 Posts)
fatnfrumpy Wed 23-Jan-13 12:11:23

Our tenant is in the process of renewing contract for another year.
He has told us in Nov last year and again now that there is mould growing on the wallpaper on the outside wall of the bedroom.
We inspected in November and advised him to ventilate as they NEVER open the windows or curtains.
When they leave for work at 7am and return at 7pm the windows and curtains are shut. We have never seen them open!
We said they should sleep with the window slightly open to prevent condensation on the double glazing.
They also dry their clothes in the bedroom opposite although we provided them with a whirlygig washing dryer in the garden ladt march.
They have now said the wall paper is coming off and black mould is coming through.
We had the house surveyed this time last year and there is no damp, no leaking roof or gutters.
Who's responsibility is it to get rid of and prevent?

expatinscotland Wed 23-Jan-13 13:38:24

'Expat thats a contradiction then?
You open your windows when cooking and showering but your well-maintained and insulated property doesn't need airing?'

Um, no, because we don't 'air' it daily (thankfully we don't have a landlord who monitors us, either) and we sure as hell don't sleep with the bloody windows open! We're also home, breathing and making condensation, way more than it sounds like your tenants are.

You need to get your property inspected again rather than blame the tenant, who just might wise up and move out.

expatinscotland Wed 23-Jan-13 13:41:07

I'd definitely move out of any place where the bloody LL tried to dictate to me how to sleep! And several people on here and the other thread dry their clothes indoors exclusively and don't have mould.

fatnfrumpy Wed 23-Jan-13 13:49:29

You hasve your opinion EXPAT and I have mine,
I don't see that passing OUR house daily on the way to town is monitoring our tenants.
I don't care if they move out as we let to them £200 pcm under the current going rate as friend of a friend.
What I am glad about EXPAT is that you are not my tenant!!!

ISeeSmallPeople Wed 23-Jan-13 13:53:57

It is precisely two working tenants who have the heating off all day when they are out that find they have this problem. If you're home more of they day you are more likely to have the heating on, even a small amount, avoiding the hot/cold cycle that leads to condensation.

expatinscotland Wed 23-Jan-13 13:54:05

Me, too! So glad to be done with private LLs. Whew! No one to tell me how to sleep, blame me immediately for anything that went wrong and try to get me to pay for it, drive by and monitor whether I was home or not and on and on.

ISeeSmallPeople Wed 23-Jan-13 13:55:41

Expat, you sound like a great tenant smile
You are heating, airing/ventilating when necessary, just strangly denying it

expatinscotland Wed 23-Jan-13 13:56:53

Tenants just can't do right! So many LLs on here prefer working professionals as they are less wear and tear on the house than a family, but then they don't run the heat, sleep with the windows open or just in general live to make the LLs life a doddle.

Jenski Wed 23-Jan-13 14:02:24

LLs ALWAYS ignore my concerns as a tenant.......hmm

We moved into an old rented property last April and asked for some of the windows that were jammed shut (bathrooms, bedrooms and hall) to be freed so we could open them and have fresh air in the house. The LL took 6 weeks to agree to it, after initially saying it wasn't necessary. We do open windows regularly, have the heating on regularly, use a tumble dryer, wipe the condensation etc but the place is riddled with it. I wipe it off as and when and will be very hacked off if, when we leave, we are hassled about it.

Imagine our hollow laughter when just before Christmas a missive came from the letting agents telling us how to avoid condensation and mould - number 1 on the list was make sure the house is well aired, sleep with the windows open to 10mm.......

There have been loads of other issues, including non servicing of oil boiler, non replacement of condemned fire, non fixing of broken loo - all of which have put me off staying here so we'll be off at the first opportunity. When a bit of trellis fell off the wall and we let them know it was fixed within the week - as was the cruddy o/s loo when it broke and leaked, even thought it isn't used.

GreenEggsAndNichts Wed 23-Jan-13 14:46:13

Sleep with the windows open. It's cold enough in this house, thanks; the windows haven't been replaced since I was a child, I'd guess.

Also, it is not at all advisable to leave a window open a crack while they are at work, even the vent windows, as that leaves the place open for burglary. My neighbour (not a particularly small man, I thought) demonstrated this for me.

I agree with the poster (though not the phrase "idiot-proofing", I realise LLs seem to assume tenants are all idiots but I promise we're not. So glad we've purchased our own house now) who said to take wallpaper down and get some wipeable paint up.

Washing- it might not rain every day, but putting the washing out here does nothing. Our back garden is dark and dank and gets the sun maybe for two months out of the year, when it's able to peek over the top of the house in the summer. It's why I made a point of finding a house with a sunny garden for our purchase. I don't want to have to run a tumble dryer all the time.

ThermalKaty Sat 26-Jan-13 13:12:00

This advice is helpful. www.woking.gov.uk/planning/envhealthservice/housing/condensation - it sounds like lifestyle rather than structure. Drying clothes in the bathroom & kitchen is better than in the room with mould. Do the windows have trickle vents? Could you fit some?

If you have to redecorate it might be worth adding some of that thin insulating sheet under a layer of wallpaper, but be careful, it may just move to the next coldest surface.

specialsubject Sat 26-Jan-13 14:10:02

some landlords are crooks. Some tenants are idiots. Most of both types are normal, sensible people.

do stop the juvenile whining about 'paying for a landlord's lifestyle'. If you have a mortgage, you pay a banker's salary. If you rent, your landlord may be doing the same. It's money. Get over it.

drying clothes on radiators is not very bright. Buy some airers; won't reduce the damp but gets the heat round much better. Leaving windows open when you are out is also not very bright, but no-one is saying to do that.

Tenants should check a property carefully before signing up. If there's something you don't like/is broken and the landlord won't agree to fix it, don't take the place. If the place is continually no good and the landlord won't fix, give notice and move. If the place is crap and you stay for years, more fool you.

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