Damp & Mould in Buildings Course
Upkeep Training’s course in Damp & Mould in Buildings is ideal for landlords concerned about their liabilities under new government legislation that came into force earlier this year.
The Homes (Fitness for Habitation) Act came into force in March 2019 and gives tenants more power to act against landlords who do not keep their properties up to the required standard. Tenants no longer need to rely on the local authority to take landlords to court and are now able to do so on an individual basis.
The Act applies to all social housing and private rented properties. For all tenancies granted after 20th March 2019 it applies with immediate effect. For those before, landlords have one year to make properties fit for habitation if necessary.
Damp is one of the factors that can make a property unsuitable for human habitation. It is important that it is not just the repairs operatives and surveyors who can spot causes of condensation and damp. Customer facing employees such as housing officers, support officers and call centre handlers have just as important a role to play in protecting their landlords interests. By spotting the signs of condensation, these employees can offer practical advice to tenants on ways of reducing it, as well as report back to surveyors when further investigations are required.
When damp sets in it can damage the structure of walls, cause wood to rot, attract bugs and loosen plasterwork and wallpaper. It can also have a detrimental effect on health for those who may suffer from respiratory or skin conditions or those whose immune systems are not so strong. This means that in addition to the cost of treating the damp itself and rectifying the damage caused, landlords may also be faced with paying damages to tenants whose health conditions have been aggravated.
Condensation is a common cause of damp. If landlords fail to adequately tackle condensation then it could prove costly in the longer run. There are various factors that can cause condensation, some of them out of landlords direct control (drying of washing indoors for example). However there are many more causes of condensation that landlords can deal with, such a providing insulation, ventilation, extractor fans and checking that windows are properly sealed and there are no cracks in walls.
Upkeep Training’s Advanced Damp & Mould in Buildings course is aimed specifically at both repairs and maintenance staff, as well as those in other roles that deal with tenants on a day to day basis. Lasting one day it covers strategies to reduce condensation, damp proofing, legislation and insights into building structures. Courses usually take place at our offices in London but if this is not practical for your organisation, please contact us and we can discuss a bespoke package to meet your requirements.