Your home could be affected by any of the 3 common types of damp:
- penetrating damp
- rising damp.
It isn’t always easy to work out who is responsible for sorting out problems with damp, because it’s often difficult to identify the cause. However, landlords are usually responsible for getting repairs done if the dampness is the result of:
- leaking pipes
- a structural defect (such as leaking roof or cracked wall)
- an existing damp proof course that is no longer working (if there wasn’t one to begin with, your landlord is not liable).
Condensation is often caused by a lack of ventilation, lack of insulation, or inadequate heating. Where this is the case, the landlord must take steps to remedy the problem, for example, by improving the heating or ventilation in the property. Bear in mind though that condensation can also be caused by drying clothes indoors or not using heating systems properly. If this is the case, your landlord is probably not responsible.
You can contact environmental health or the housing standards team at the council if your landlord doesn’t fix the damp problem. They can inspect the property and take action against the landlord if they think there is damp and/or mould growth causing a hazard.