SOCIAL LANDLORDS FACE COMPENSATION CLAIMS FOR DAMP
Updated: Feb 19
New legislation comes into force on 19th March 2020 that allows tenants to claim for compensation if landlords do not tackle damp and mould in their properties. This means that landlords must stay one step ahead if they are to avoid a raft of claims.
The Homes (Fitness for Human Inhabitation) Act doesn't just offer protection against rogue private landlords. It also makes social landlords liable too if the tenancies are periodic or a fixed term of up to seven years.
Whereas previous legislation only allowed for tenants to take their landlords to court to ensure the repairs are carried out, compensation can now be paid as well. With solicitors having had to look for extra income streams due to legal aid changes and many in poverty due to welfare reforms, these new rules are a manna from heaven to law firms and tenants alike.
In one major English city solicitors have already been canvassing two up two down terraced properties offering no win no fee assistance for disrepair claims. Although the compensation rules cover a range of disrepair issues, it is damp and mould that solicitors are most interested in as they are issues that will affect health more than loose floorboards for example. This explains why in another large city, a legal firm is offering online advice on how to heighten the spread of damp and mould as well as drawing attention to which health conditions are aggravated by it.
Despite this apparent threat to landlord’s budgets, Upkeep Training has the right courses that can help your staff identify these problems and stave off the threat of claims against your organisation.
Lasting just one day, Condensation, Damp and Decay’ is ideal for showing those in the housing sector how to prevent condensation spiralling into mould, damp and associated problems. Firstly it looks at 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. The second half of the course has a more practical element, covering 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 and finally infestations and rot.
Following on from this basic introduction, ‘Damp and Mould in Buildings’ is for housing workers looking to develop a more thorough understanding of condensation and damp. It starts with an overview of the first course in condensation, damp and mould growth before moving on to further strategies for reducing condensation, damp proofing and mould growth. It then looks at buildings and the factors linked to condensation, new legislation, health factors and requirements in social housing and finishes with a closer analysis of the damage caused by condensation and damp.
Both of the courses can be delivered at your organisation's premises if they are in London or the South East. Condensation, Damp & Decay costs £270 per person. Please contact us for prices regarding Damp & Mould in buildings, which are competitive depending on how many will be attending.