Damp, mould and condensation
Black mould can cause damage to clothes, furniture, decorations as well as causing serious health problems, particularly to those with breathing problems such as asthma or underlying health issues, as it releases spores into the air which are then breathed in.
If you live in privately rented accommodation you should report damp and mould issues to your landlord, asking them to investigate the reasons why the mould has occurred. This could be a combination of the structure of the property leading to a build-up of condensation on cold surfaces and walls, how the property is used by you and your family or repairs issues. See later section on condensation, penetrating and rising damp.
Your landlord should then help resolve the issue, but if they refuse or fail to make improvements or repairs, you can contact our Housing Enforcement team
If you live in a property owned by a Housing Association you should report the issue and allow them to investigate and address the issue. The Housing Enforcement team will not usually get involved unless you have followed your Housing Association’s complaints procedure. If after that you are not satisfied, contact the team
You should take photographs of the affected areas, to show the landlord and the Council what the problem is like, but as it is dangerous to breath in spores from mould, you should follow the guidance below to safely remove the mould. It is likely to return, but please do not delay in cleaning while the cause is identified, as mould can seriously affect your health.