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AIBU to even thinking of renting a flat with damp?

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retiredpartygirl Sat 10-Feb-18 17:46:42

OK, I know the obvious answer is NO... But we just saw a flat we loved. It's a basement and the bedroom has a bit humidity in one of the walls. I said it was damp, the agent said it was 'a bit of humidity'). They also said the property is managed and they would fix it.

On the other hand, I think the agent lied to us in other things and had dollar signs in her eyes everytime they spoke.

The agent has good reviews on Google though.

Plese tell me what to do with my life! confused

DragonsAndCakes Sat 10-Feb-18 17:48:27

What did it look like exactly?

lidoshuffle Sat 10-Feb-18 17:49:37

I lived in a basement flat years ago and my clothes stank of mould (someone even said that to me blush.

Not that basement flats are always like that, but damp ones are horrible. Don't do it.

retiredpartygirl Sat 10-Feb-18 17:51:05

I didn't take pictures, unfortunately. It wasn't awful, but certainly noticeable.

We lived in a flat with mould a few years back and my daughter had mild respiratory problems... I wasn't aware of the risk it meant until later. I was furious at myself.

This flat ticks every other box though.

jellyfrizz Sat 10-Feb-18 17:52:26

They won't fix it. If they could have fixed it they would have by now.
Damp is a Category 1 health hazard, they shouldn't even be trying yo rent it out until it is sorted.
And like lido says, it makes all your stuff smell.

Snowysky20009 Sat 10-Feb-18 17:52:26


MatildaTheCat Sat 10-Feb-18 17:52:28

It’s empty for a reason. They can’t even control it for viewings.


Katedotness1963 Sat 10-Feb-18 17:53:18

I would not. Rented a place with a little damp and it was a misery. I had the windows open for hours in the winter because the agent said that would help. It was bloody cold, and the black stuff spread onto my furniture.

Glumglowworm Sat 10-Feb-18 17:53:28

Don’t do it

Don’t believe promises of “we’ll fix it”, if they were going to then they would have already

I lived in a damp flat for a year (despite my best efforts with opening windows and using extractor fans), my bedding would feel damp, it was horrible (tiny studio flat so no option but for bed to be next to the wall). I had no option but to dry clothes indoors as no outside space and no tumble dryer, and that obviously didn’t help and things took forever to dry. I only coped because I knew it was only for a year.

HateTheDF Sat 10-Feb-18 17:53:52

Just a warning. I lived in a flat with damp for a year and I have had issues ever since moving out 18 months ago. I've now got an issue with my lungs and currently undergoing even more tests.

I really wouldn't.

DelphiniumBlue Sat 10-Feb-18 17:54:39

No, if its noticeable now, after they've presumably cleaned it up and tried to make it marketable, it will be much worse once you're living there.

Mummyoflittledragon Sat 10-Feb-18 17:54:47

If you really love it, you’ll have to buy a dehumidifier. If it is permanent dampness, to be truly dry, it will need to be tanked. This is major renovation work and not something, which can be done with tenants living in situ. Having had a damp property tanked my advice would be don’t do it.

bricksareheavy Sat 10-Feb-18 17:55:30

In my experience “fixing” it is basically the landlord hiring someone to come and paint over it.

We have ever so slight humidity problems on an exposed wall in our property over the winter period and manage to control it with a dehumidifier, although it can be bloody expense to run.

DeathStare Sat 10-Feb-18 17:56:19

If it's just you then that's entirely your choice. If you are talking about taking a child with respiratory problems to live there, then that would be entirely unreasonable unless there are no other housing options. It may tick most boxes, but "doesn't make child ill" is a pretty big box that it doesn't tick. One that I would say out-weighs all other boxes.

TheQueenOfWands Sat 10-Feb-18 17:56:32

No, no and no again.

I rented a damp house. Numerous chest problem, our clothes stank of damp and it was just generally unpleasant.

Would touch damp a house/flat with a barge pole.

retiredpartygirl Sat 10-Feb-18 18:00:19

Thanks folks, you're the best. I won't be going to dampland anytime soon!

If anyone has a nice 2 bed with flat in NW london for up to £450/week take my money and run.


Battleax Sat 10-Feb-18 18:00:35

Sounds like a lying letting agent to me.

DriggleDraggle Sat 10-Feb-18 18:01:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Battleax Sat 10-Feb-18 18:01:34

London rents will just get worse. Can you move out and commute in?

DriggleDraggle Sat 10-Feb-18 18:02:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

retiredpartygirl Sat 10-Feb-18 18:05:46

Thanks! xx

expatinscotland Sat 10-Feb-18 18:11:20

NFW! They won't fix it. They couldn't even be bothered to do so for viewings. Walk away.

MaverickSnoopy Sat 10-Feb-18 18:13:28

Came on to post and say nooooooooo!!! So glad to see you won't be.

If they were going to fix it they would have. Damp is a bastard!

Fletchasaurus Sun 11-Feb-18 13:10:54

As pp, came on to say no, definitely no. I have mould induced asthma and have nearly died. It is not worth it!

specialsubject Sun 11-Feb-18 13:13:58

Basement flats will always be damp. I know it is London but don't be that desperate.

Have you read how to rent? Are you aware of the new epc limits coming in? The slumlords will be scrambling to let the dumps while it is still legal.

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