March 30

A Tenant’s Guide to Preventing Condensation and Mould in UK Properties

As a tenant in a UK rental property, it's important to understand your role in preventing condensation and the resultant mould growth. Condensation occurs when excess moisture in the air settles on cool surfaces, and if left unchecked, it can quickly lead to unsightly and potentially hazardous mould. By following these simple tips, you can fulfill your duty as a tenant to take care of the property and maintain a healthy living environment.

  1. Ventilate properly Ensure adequate ventilation, especially in moisture-prone areas like the kitchen and bathroom. Use extractor fans during cooking and bathing, and open windows for at least 15 minutes afterwards to allow damp air to escape. Leave bedroom windows slightly open at night as well.
  2. Maintain consistent heating
    Keep your property consistently heated to keep surfaces sufficiently warm, reducing the chance of condensation forming. Set heating at a moderate level through the day in cold weather.
  3. Avoid drying laundry indoors Whenever possible, dry wet clothes outdoors or in a ventilated indoor space. If you must use a tumble dryer, ensure it is properly vented. Never dry laundry on radiators or heaters.
  4. Keep lids on pans when cooking Place lids on saucepans while cooking to limit the amount of steam escaping into the air. Use the kitchen extractor fan or open a window while cooking.
  5. Leave room for air circulation Keep furniture a few inches away from walls to allow air to circulate. Avoid overfilling wardrobes and cupboards.
  6. Wipe away condensation If you notice condensation collecting on windows, sills, or walls, promptly wipe it away with a cloth or sponge before it has a chance to cause mould growth.
  7. Use moisture-absorbing materials Place moisture-absorbers in problem areas like closets or bathrooms to help control excess humidity in the air.
  8. Keep properties evenly heated When homes are empty for an extended time, maintain some low-level heating to avoid a drastic temperature drop on wall and window surfaces.

As a tenant, being proactive and vigilant about these practices is key to preventing condensation and stopping mould before it starts. However, it's also important to remember that your landlord shares responsibility for addressing this issue.

If you are consistently following good practices and still noticing persistent condensation or mould growth, promptly notify your landlord or letting agent. They have a legal duty to investigate and rectify any structural defects or ventilation inadequacies that may be contributing to the problem.

By understanding your role as a tenant and working in coordination with your landlord, you can keep your rental home free of damaging and unhealthy condensation and mould. A little daily diligence goes a long way in maintaining a comfortable and hazard-free living space.

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