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hello, i have just moved in to a house which i rent from a private landlord and at first it was ok, but looking closer in the kitchen i could smell a mouldy damp smell, further investigation i see behind part of the wall cuboard that the wall is completey black and smells really damp, the whole of the wall behind the units are like it. Is it the landlords responsablitly to get this fixed or mine! and does he have to get it fixed! i'm new to all this renting thing and need a little advice please!

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it is the landlord's duty to sort this out. if not contact the Council as they will have a section that deals with private landlord queries

Yes. See s.11(1) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (below, with my underlining):


Repairing obligations in short leases.


(1) In a lease to which this section applies (as to which, see sections 13 and 14) there is implied a covenant by the lessor:

(a) to keep in repair the structure and exterior of the dwelling-house (including drains, gutters and external pipes),

(b) to keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling-house for the supply of water, gas and electricity and for sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences, but not other fixtures, fittings and appliances for making use of the supply of water, gas or electricity), and

© to keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling-house for space heating and heating water.

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Im having a similar problem but a hole lot worse, when i moved into the property the house had just been done up all the way through, now 3 months pn damp has appeeared in every room on the walls, i have contacted my landlord and he came and looked and told me it wasnt damp( bear in mind it was thick and black when he came to see it) and that its condensaton lol, tod me to wipe it off with neat bleach and he'll look into it further when the weather improves in the spring time, needlees to say im very peed off, and i have 3 kids as well

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At a guess you have a solid wall house? Black mould is usually condensation and is damp caused from within. You need heat, insulation and ventilation. On the older houses ventilation is shut off with draught proof windows & doors, sealed off fireplaces and no expelairs in the kitchen and bathrooms. Creating some ventilation at the right time would eliminate this problem but a lot of people cannot be bothered, seal up the house, dry clothes on the radiators, run baths etc and just don't think where does the moisture go to? Well it condenses on a cold spot like a solid part of the brick wall which is in contact with the cold outside and then this spot becomes mould.


Create some ventilation especially in the kitchen and bathroom when creating steam and keep the kitchen and bathroom door shut. Drying clothes is a problem at this time of year. An electric drier is ideal if possible. Our drier which is condensing can easily create half a bucket of water on wash day and thats just for the 2 of us! This water would otherwise float around the house as condensation if we used the radiators or a clothes horse.


So, it may not be the landlords problem as it is more than likely self inflicted. There is a product call Envirovent on the market which is ideal for this problem but costs several hundred pounds to install. It is not the landlords responsibility to fit one but the outlay could by pass the tenants laziness and stop harassment. t also could keep a good tenant.

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