Mould and dampness can be extremely dangerous to a home and more importantly, those residing within.
As property managers of a 2,000 strong portfolio, our team are well versed in the dangers of mould and what to look out for, so we’re here to offer some advice as we get into the cooler and wetter months.
Why mould so dangerous?
Mould produces tiny particles known as spores which can be carried through the air, resulting in conditions such wheezing, asthma, sinus problems, and rashes. If you suffer from asthma, breathing in mould can trigger more attacks. Some people may even develop a severe mould infection in their lungs and need to be hospitalised.
Those most at risk include elderly, children, and those with a respiratory illness or weakened immune system.
What we look out for in our rentals
During a routine inspections, our Property Managers will watch out for these key signs - as a home owner or renter, keep an eye out!
- Small black/grey or bluish spots on walls and ceilings, in cupboards, and along the grout between tiles in wet areas.
- Warped walls
- Damp or rotten smell
- Leaky plumbing
- Water condensation
Landlord VS tenant responsibility
Tenants must be responsible for the mould that they themselves have caused, like not using provided exhaust fans, leaving surfaces wet for long periods of time, and not keeping their home clean in general. On the other hand, landlords must guarantee the absence of mould when renting the property out and be sure to provide a safe and clean environment for tenants to reside in.
Both tenants and landlords have their own responsibilities under tenancy laws to help reduce the risk of and treat mould.
As a landlord, you can be found in breach of the rental agreement if mould occurs as a result of lack of maintenance or repairs!
Maintenance to help avoid mould
- Plug up leaks in the roof or floor and any cracks in wet areas.
- Ensure windows are sealed properly
- Exhaust fans should be installed in areas where moisture is generated (Bathrooms, kitchens and laundries)
- All windows should open and close properly
- Clean gutters – to ensure rainwater does not seep into the roof cavity