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Updated: Feb 19, 2021

Failing to tackle condensation and damp can pose major problems for housing associations and property management companies. It can leave big holes in repairs budgets and cause other issues for organisations, which is why at Upkeep Training we have two courses that can show your staff how to be resilient against this.

Should the damp become harmful to a tenants health, then it could be deemed a statutory nuisance by the Local Authority, or a hazard under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System. This means that as well as the cost of the repairs, landlords have to pay compensation to tenants, fines to the local authority and face reputational damage.

Condensation is the main cause of damp in properties. Although there are measures tenants can take to reduce this by using heating and ventilation systems properly, that does not absolve the landlord of responsibility. Faulty heating systems and poor insulation can cause condensation and they are areas where landlords must act. It should be remembered too that landlords must not make unreasonable demands of tenants when tackling condensation; for example not allowing them to dry clothes indoors, especially if there is no outside drying area.

‘Condensation, Damp and Decay’ is a one-day course provided by Upkeep Training that teaches housing staff how to recognise problems arising from condensation and how to stop the situation getting out of control.

The course covers the following elements:-

  • The likely causes of condensation, damp and mould growth

  • The difference between condensation, water penetration and rising damp

  • The link between heating, ventilation, lifestyle and condensation

  • Strategies to reduce and avoid condensation, damp and mould growth

  • Modern building methods and how they can exacerbate the problem

  • The implications of a landlord’s failure of duty in relation to legislation and the courts

  • Advising residents about reducing condensation

  • Infestations and rot

This course is ideal for a range of staff working in council housing, housing associations and property management companies. Amongst those it is suitable for are officers, administrative staff, property inspectors, call centre workers. Essentially anybody who comes into contact with tenants in their homes or deals with repairs issues by phone will benefit from this course. It is also relevant for tenant representatives and anybody seeking a career in the building preservation industry.

Not all damp is down to condensation. Penetrating damp can be caused by water coming through external walls, or internal leaks and plumbing problems. Rising damp occurs when

moisture from the ground is soaked up through concrete or brickwork. In both these cases, it is clearly the landlords responsibility to repair. Failure to provide adequate damp proofing can cause structural damage to walls, plasterwork to crumble, wood to rot and even mite infestations.

An ideal follow up to our Condensation, Damp and Decay course is ‘Damp and Mould in Buildings’. This builds on the first course, helping those taking part gain a more in depth knowledge of condensation and damp.

This course has the following elements:

  • Overview of the first course in condensation, damp and mould growth

  • Further strategies for reducing condensation, damp proofing and mould growth

  • Insight into buildings and the factors linked to condensation

  • New legislation

  • Health factors and requirements in social housing

  • Damage caused by condensation and damp – advanced.

  • The course is suited to anyone who has attended the first course that sees themselves being much more hands on when it comes to tackling the problems condensation and damp can cause.

Both of the courses can be delivered at your organisations premises if they are in London or the South East. Condensation, Damp & Decay costs £270 person. Please contact us for prices regarding Damp & Mould in buildings, which are competitive depending on how many will be attending.

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