Condensation may lead to issues relating to damp and mould growth, both of which could be considered a problem for the property and tenant.
Condensation usually happens where the moisture in the air has nowhere to vent to, often in areas like kitchens and bathrooms, or where the tenants are drying clothes internally, where the ventilation is poor, or the tenant is not using the relevant windows or fans.
To avoid unnecessary work and costs, it is important that you take steps to reduce/prevent condensation.
At the start and during a tenancy remind your tenants to:
- Do not block ventilators, air bricks and chimneys.
- Cover pots when cooking.
- Dry washing outdoors.
- Do not dry washing directly on room radiators.
- Run the cold water first when filling a bath as it prevents steam production.
- Open the kitchen or bathroom windows to let steam and moisture out.
- Use an extractor fan.
- Close the kitchen and bathroom doors when the rooms are in use to stop the warm moist air producing condensation in other cooler rooms.
- Do not over-fill wardrobes and presses; it may stop the air circulating.
- Dry your windows & windowsills regularly.
- Do not push beds or sofas against outside walls. Bedding can get damp if air cannot circulate around it.
- Heat the property, especially in very cold weather, condensation is less likely to form in warm houses.
As a landlord you should be aware that a warmer house means less condensation, consider this with the energy efficiency of your property.
Any Questions? Get In Touch With The IPOA Team – 01-8276000