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    Tenency Deposit Scheme Dispute Help

    My tenants reported to me in dec/jan that they had issues with damp in my property, I had lived there prior to renting out the property for 3 years prior, I went roundto the flat and they were drying clothes on all the radiators with the windows closed and I noticed that the air in the flat was really humid. I advised the tenants that they needed to open the windows and let the moisture in the air out of the property, they replied back that they hadn't lived in a flat where you needed to open the windows and let the air out of a property In winter before, there was mould growing in not just the bedroom but also the bathroom and the living room, ie wasn't confined to one room. They have since moved out and I have provided LPS a dispute, I sent them photos of the mould in the rooms, the mould that was inside a wooden unit that needed binned, I had to repaint to get rid of the smell of the mould in the rooms. I also had to pay for cleaning, the tenants also broke things and tried to fix them with blutac. All in for cleaning, repairs/repaintin to the walls, repainting the bathroom window that the paint had peeled off due to moisture in the flat and getting my flat back to the standard it was in before they moved in has left me almost £450 out of pocket, LPS has found in their favour and said that the damp "may have been a result of the tenants lifestyle but that I as the owner was responsible under the repair standard" and also I had to pay to have my property cleaned etc !...anyone know what I can do ????. This system seems to be in favour of the tenant and they include a lot of lea gal rubbish in it. anyone had to deal with this problem before....I am left seriously out of pocket and is there anywhere I can warn other landlords not to accept them as tenants ?

    This seem to protect the tenant this system and it is a difficult thing for me to prove other than the pictures and email that I provide LPS ! They have basically induced damp into my flat.

    #2
    I sympathise but they can't "induce" damp into your flat. If they are the cause then, now they are gone, the environmental conditions that allowed the mould to grow will go with them and the mould will naturally disappear - although this takes time and will leave damage that may look very much like it is still in full bloom.

    If, as I suspect however, the mould was caused by a combination of their lifestyle PLUS inadequate natural ventilation in your flat, then the mould will remain now that it has been introduced.

    Do you have trickle vents in windows? Is there a fan in the bathroom that is hard wired to the lighting? Is there a condensing tumble dryer? Is there a de-humidifier? All these are ways to combat the build up of condensation.

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      #3
      Yes there are trickle vents on the windows etc, and an extractor fan in the bathroom. However any time I went there they had all their washing over the radiators, heating on full blast and the windows closed. You could literally feel the condensation in the flat and could smell the damp. The property doenst have a tumble drier as there is no place for it in the kitchen or any other room. I asked them to open the windows and got a whole head of abuse over whatapp when I suggested that they do so. They have moved out and I when they did I basically went down and opened all the windows and let the place air for a few days, went back and cleaned the damp off the walls and left it for a few weeks. I then had to go back and get the walls repainted etc damp is gone.....but alas I am left with a bill for getting the smell of damp out of my flat, getting the wall repainted and having to throw a drawer unit out as it had the mould growing in it. Its amazing what tenants can get away with, the condition they can leave a flat in and the landlord has to pick up the bill to get the flat back into a state it can be re-marketed and rented out. LPS is all legal speak !

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        #4
        No tumble dryer, no combined washer/dryer? I'd simply never rent out a place like that. Own goal, albeit rudeness unacceptable.
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          ok... so your flat has no damp. Great. Move on and learn from this.

          If there's a washing machine, there's space for a tumble dryer. Get a machine that does both and make sure it's condensing and that any T that subsequently moves in signs something in the AST to agree to use it and not to place laundry on radiators or airers. Sure, it may mean higher maintenance on that machine (so get a good one) but it will save your flat.

          You state the Ts "moved out" and weren't evicted despite their lifestyle compromising your property. How long between you first noticing the issue and them leaving? How long between inspections? If you inspected after, say, 3 months and saw what they were doing you would have been aware and possibly able to serve notice subsequently before any mould had formed.

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