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Ventilation In Rental & Social Housing Homes

Fuel poverty and climate change are becoming an ever increasing problem for Rental and Social Housing providers as tenant lifestyles adapt by:

  • ­Drying clothes inside

  • Keeping windows closed to keep heat in and bills down

  • Balancing the economies of heating their home typically resulting in temperature differentials between rooms.

­Student accommodation and rented homes are among the worst affected properties that suffer from condensation and mould problems.

Condensation and mould is in fact one of the most common problems in rental and housing properties and can seriously begin to affect the health of those living within mould-affected properties.

 

The reason condensation is likely to occur in student accommodation is due to the number of students living together and contributing to the amount of moisture in the air. Shared bathrooms can only mean more showering and bathing, which is a major contribute to condensation. An average family of 4 creates between 5-10 litres of moisture per day, so imagine how much 6 or more students just going about their daily routines will produce!

 

Shared kitchens also fall under the same principle – if every student cooks a separate meal then the levels of condensation will be higher in comparison to the level of condensation expected in a home where just one evening meal is cooked.

 

If you are a student or tenant and are living with condensation and mould, we are on hand to help with any mould or condensation problems you might be having in your rental home. You can also point your landlord in the right direction and let them know that we are experts in treating condensation and mould problems in student and rented accommodation.

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Letting Agents, Landlords and Social Housing Providers

 

Whether you are managing a tenant complaint, or need to eradicate mould or condensation, get in touch with us now. We can treat the mould and offer a wide range of low energy ventilation solutions, designed and produced in the UK that will:

 

  • Quickly and effectively cure any existing condensation dampness within a property

  • Protect homes from condensation, dust mites and mould thus avoiding costly redecoration costs

  • Improve indoor air quality and provide healthier living environment for occupants

Installing a ventilation solution as part of a planned maintenance will not only prevent condensation problems later on and avoid costly damp proofing and redecoration costs; but will contribute towards a healthier living environment for your tenants.

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For letting agents, landlords and social housing teams dealing with existing condensation mould problems, we can provide cost effective solutions that will eradicate the mould and advice on ventilation solutions for the entire home, resulting in your complaints disappearing and tenants noticing a difference within a week.

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A high quality ventilation solution would enable letting agents, landlords and housing providers to bring their properties up to a suitable level while complying with the relevant standard. This ensures a healthy environment whilst guaranteeing the most cost effective, energy efficient solution.

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Housing Standards for Repairs and Maintenance (England & Wales)

 

The government made a commitment in 2000 to bring all public sector homes up to a decent standard by 2010, setting a 10-year target to ensure that all social housing meets the standards of decency by 2010. With many Decent Homes schemes complete, and housing repair funding being assessed, there remains a requirement for correct ventilation in existing properties.

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The HHSRS (Housing Health and Safety Rating System) states that dwellings should be free from Category 1 Hazards (hazard group A – physiological requirements, damp & mould). These hazards are described in the document as threats to both physical and mental health associated with ‘increased prevalence of house dust mites and mould or fungal growth, resulting in dampness and/or high levels of humidity.

 

It includes threats to mental health and social wellbeing which may be caused by living in the presence of damp, damp staining and/or mould growth’.

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The main Category 1 Hazards listed in the HHSRS’s scoring sheet are:

• Cold

• Damp, Mould & Condensation

• Heat

• Noise

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The purpose of the regulation is to ensure that ‘adequate means of ventilation is provided for people in the building’ thus improving building performance in indoor air quality for occupants of both new and existing dwellings within the UK.

 

In short, a decent home should be warm, mould free, adequately ventilated, weatherproof and have reasonably modern facilities.

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For more information please visit the Positive Input Ventilation page.