The Tenancy Deposit Scheme and the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) have joined forces to launch a valuable guide addressing the critical issue of damp and mould in privately rented homes. This guidance comes in response to the latest guidelines issued by the Government, emphasising the importance of ensuring safe and healthy living environments for tenants in the PRS.

Empowering tenants, landlords and property professionals

The guide, relevant for landlords, agents and tenants aims to provide essential information to better understand and address this common issue.

Steve Harriott, CEO of the TDS Group, comments:

” Addressing mould and damp issues in rental properties is not just a legal obligation, it’s a necessary responsibility we hold towards ensuring the well-being of our tenants. And, beyond compliance, tackling these problems quickly is a crucial step in having homes that foster good health and quality living conditions. By collaborating with the NRLA on this guide, we want to empower the community with knowledge and practical solutions to address mould and damp.”

Key features of the mould and damp guide include:

  • Highlighting potential health risks associated with mould and emphasises the importance of prompt action to protect vulnerable groups.
  • Clarifying the different types of damp and mould, listing potential causes and providing an understanding of the issue.
  • Explaining the updated legal obligations for landlords based on the latest Government guidelines, ensuring compliance and accountability in the rental sector.
  • Underlining practical steps, including regular inspections and maintenance, the guide aims to assist landlords in meeting their responsibilities and maintaining healthy living conditions.
  • Addressing building deficiencies and exploring effective ways to combat condensation, contributing to a healthier living environment.
  • Offering insights into best practices for identifying, removing, and preventing mould.

Steve concludes:

“By proactively managing mould and damp, property professionals not only adhere to Government guidelines but also contribute to the overall satisfaction and safety of those renting homes in the PRS.”

Download the Tenancy Deposit Scheme’s guide to mould and damp

This joint guide by TDS and NRLA provides valuable insights and practical recommendations. Its goal is to improve the well-being of tenants, increase awareness of how to manage mould and damp, and improve the quality of homes in the PRS.

The guide is available for download on the Tenancy Deposit Scheme website here.

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