Landlords urged to carry out mid-tenancy inspections

Landlords urged to carry out mid-tenancy inspections

According to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks, now is the ideal time of year for landlords to carry out a mid-tenancy inspection of their rental property.

This is because many homes will currently be suffering from mould, which is generally caused by condensation problems.
The AIIC is therefore urging landlords to carry out a mid-term inspection in the next few weeks in order to stop any problems from escalating.

Patricia Barber, Chair of the AIIC says: “Mould can be caused by a lack of ventilation or incorrect drying of wet washing – even if just one tenant is living in the property. It can also be caused by on-going leaks both inside and outside the property, blocked gutters and missing roof tiles,”.

Barber adds that these problems are exacerbated if the property houses more than one occupant.
 
The AIIC advises landlords that if there is any sign of mould build-up they should make sure that it's not down to external factors, a lack of ventilation facilities or any other problem they could solve themselves.


If, on the other hand, it is being caused by bad living conditions then landlords should advise their tenants of the required action to take – in writing.

This should include reference to ventilating the property, wiping down walls and windows in bathrooms, using extractor fans and not placing wet washing on radiators or heaters and the importance of wiping down any mould spores as soon as they appear.

Barber concludes: “If mould is not dealt with on a regular basis the resulting damage could cause both tenant and landlord a lot of money at the end of a tenancy”.
 

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MBM Homelets 23 Mar 2017

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How is the "robust evidence" looking now?

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You would think so Niraj Shah! My experience only proves that there are varying qualitiers of professional in all aspects of property letting. None of the ones I have dealt with, from letting agents to...

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Thanks for this article. Hopefully one day everybody's lifestyle will be eco-sustainable.

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I was convinced that London was the most expensive!

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Australia are leading the way in this I think. The trouble with Britain is we don't get enough sun to make use of solar power.

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This is a very good news.

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It sounds like a good idea. Anything to help the younger generation get a foothold.

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Is this fake news?

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