Damp, mould and condensation in the private rented sector

On 7 September 2023, the Government released new guidance about damp and mould in rented housing. This followed the tragic death of two-year-old Awaab Ishak in 2020 due to mould growth in the family home. The guidance makes clear that damp and mould in the home is not a result of "lifestyle choices". Landlords are responsible for identifying and addressing the underlying causes of the problem.

Understanding and addressing the health risks of damp and mould

The Government guidance is primarily for social and private rented sector housing providers. However, it applies to all types of accommodation providers. The guidance focuses on four key "messages":

  • Health risks
  • Regulation on damp and mould in social and private rented properties
  • Responding to reports of damp and mould
  • Taking a proactive approach to reduce the risk of damp and mould

All social and private rented sector housing providers should read the full guidance.

What we're doing

Our Private Sector Housing Team has received damp and mould specific training. Our officers have the knowledge and skills to identify and resolve damp and mould hazards.

To ensure we incorporate the Government guidance we have also reviewed our damp and mould investigation procedure and Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy.

What to do if there is damp and mould in your home

If there is an issue with damp and/or mould in you home, you should report it to your landlord as soon as possible.

If you need more information on damp and mould or to report a problem, please call 01442 228000 and ask for "Private Sector Housing" or email pshousing@dacorum.gov.uk.

If you are a council tenant, you can report damp and mould online.

You can find more advice on our damp, mould and condensation page.

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