Identifying who is responsible for the cause of damp in rented property comes with its own long list of potential challenges and hurdles. Finding out the cause itself can be a difficult process alone, and this increases the complexity of the process from the outset. The first thing to do if you face any issues with regards to damp in your property is to check your tenancy agreement. The likelihood is that the agreement will declare that it is the responsibility of your housing association to seek a solution to the problem, and if this is the case then you can proceed with the next steps of the process.
Dealing with damp in rented property
There is a wide variety of potential causes for damp, some more avoidable than others, and this means that it can be difficult to pinpoint the root of the problem and thus establish any sort of blame. Damp can occur due to poor ventilation or insulation for example, or simply because the heating in the property is insufficient. It can also stem from drying wet clothes on radiators, which is an example in which the blame is much harder to attribute directly towards a particular party. With this in mind, it is important to set out clear guidelines to distinguish at which point the landlord is obligated to find a solution for the damp, and we have come up with a brief summary of how this all works.
Typically, your housing association can be held accountable for damp if the property hasn’t been damp-proofed, and in this circumstance you will be within your rights to request that the housing association seeks a resolution to the problem as quickly as possible. The housing association is also likely to be liable if there is a leak, or if there are insulation issues which lead to condensation in the property. Other examples include factors such as structural defect, and if any of these issues arise then it is likely that the housing association will be obligated to address the situation.
Sometimes the tenant is to blame
It is also important to bare in mind that there are instances in which the housing association is not to blame for the damp in property, and these include issues related directly to the tenant such as the use of unventilated tumble driers, not opening windows or not using the heating system in the correct manner. It is inevitably challenging to establish the route of the problem, and that is why this process can be more difficult than many would like.
If you follow the general guidelines laid out in this post it might help you to gain a better understanding of how the liability works when it comes to damp, as well as how to identify the source of the original problem. With this, it should be able to understand better who should be in charge of dealing with damp in rented property. And if you believe that the housing association is responsible for these issues, and they are unwilling to help, you should contact Consumer Rights for help receiving your compensation.