Landlord fined for not resolving damp problem

February 8, 2012

CIA Let Property Blog

A landlord in London was fined £3,000 last November for not taking any action against the damp in the property she rents out.

Ms Katia Goremsandu of Notting Hill Gate had received letters from her local council’s building control and enforcement teams after the property she owns in Tottenham was found in a poor condition. At the time there was also a tenant living in the home.

The Property had damp to the bedroom walls and ceiling.

Condensation can cause dampness, mold health issues, wood rot, corrosion and energy loss due to increased heat transfer

Damp and condensation can cause major damage to the construction of a building, it can also cause health problems. Here is some information on both problems and how they are caused.

Condensation

Condensation is the change of the physical state of matter from gaseous phase into liquid phase, it is the reverse of vaporization. When the transition happens from the gaseous phase into the solid phase directly, the change is called deposition.

Condensation usually occurs when a vapour is coded and/or compressed to its saturation limit when the molecular density in the gas phase reaches its maximal threshold(when cooking, washing or drying clothes indoors on radiators). Vapour cooling and compressing equipment that collects condensed liquids is called condenser.

Condensation can cause dampness, mold health issues, wood rot, corrosion and energy loss due to increased heat transfer.

Damp

Damp is usually caused by a fault in the structure of a building.

There are two basic types of damp that can occur:

  • Penetrating damp happens when water enters your home through on external defect (for example, a crack in a wall or a loose roof tile)
  • Rising damp is when there is a problem with the damp proof cause or membrane and water rises from the ground into the walls or floor.*

Ms Goremsandu is currently appealing the decision.

*Information from Homes for Haringey  If you click on the link you can download a PDF version of information on damp and how to sort out any problems.

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