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Mould? That’s the landlord’s duty, say most tenants

Two thirds of people believe mould is solely the landlord’s responsibility, with two out of five claiming they wouldn’t clean mould themselves, according to Uswitch.

The comparison service surveyed 2,000 adults across the country on 20 aspects of mould. It discovered that 64% of those who’ve experienced mould were tenants in private, social or student housing.

For those that have had mould:


40% stated that they dried their clothes indoors.

  • 21% had furniture directly against walls.

  • 22% leave the kitchen or bathroom door open when cooking or showering.

  • 12% admitted to having a cluttered home.

  • 11% confessed to keeping the shower curtain folded when wet.

  • and 6% leave spillages.

  • Uswitch expert Sarah Broomfield says: “With the findings that the majority of those who experience mould are tenants, it’s advisable that they contact their landlord to come to an agreement on how to tackle it.”

    “Tenants should also be aware that if they pay the heating bills themselves, they have the right to switch energy suppliers to find a cheaper deal.”

    To view the full report by Uswitch, which ranks the 'mouldiest' cities, click here

    Poll: Should mould be the responsibility of a landlord or investor?


    • Matthew Payne

      Its not a yes or no answer, ir depends on the source. Damp from external sources can create mould like a failed DPC or broken guttering, but typically these are by far the minority. Most cases of mould are created by tenant behaviour in particular, mositure and ventilation.

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      I own a few flats in blocks. They are just about identical. Some are very mouldy. That tenant cooks by boiling everything. It has had to have special extraction fitted.
      My fidentcial flat, close buy doesn't have any problems. Go figure.

      A lot of UK building is pss poor. Once cheap concrete walls get cold then there will be mould.

      Occupier intelligence is the biggest cause of damp and mould. Please don't delete this, it is not always true.

      I have no patience with people who can't wipe a wall down when needed. Neither does my wife, she makes me do it.

      To tenants: Look before you rent. If it look like an East German block house from the sixties then that is what it is. Our own councils have been big offenders for nasty social housing.

      If you always have a damp property no matter where you rent then maybe it is your fault?


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