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Condensation and Dampness
The private rented sector has the highest incidence of condensation and dampness and is one of the main reasons tenants complain to their local Council. The recent restrictions on the use of section 21 is expected to increase the number of complaints to Councils and so it is now even more important that landlords and agents are aware of their rights and responsibilities.
There are several causes of dampness and condensation, and whilst structural dampness can usually be easily rectified, if not necessarily cheaply, condensation is frequently more complex and its cause can often be difficult to identify and deal with. Dampness and condensation are very serious health hazards but is one of the few hazards where the both structural condition of the premises and the tenant's lifestyle are equally important.
The law requires dwellings to be free of structural dampness but also imposes requirements on landlords to reduce the occurrence of condensation; and whilst many landlords consider condensation always to be the tenant's fault, the law does not.
This half day course will provide practical guidance for landlords, agents and property managers on causes of dampness and condensation, an outline of the law, what action can be taken against the landlord and/or tenants, and how to remove or reduce its occurrence. The course will provide guidance on what actions a landlord should take to reduce the risk of legal action for condensation and what advice to give to tenants.
This course will include the following:
The different types of Dampness - rising, penetrating dampness, hygroscopic salts and condensation.
How to identify the different types and causes.
The common causes and the solutions.
The law affecting dampness and condensation;
- what action is available to tenants
- what legal action can be taken against landlords and agents
- what impact the recent restrictions on the use of section 21 is likely to have regarding dampness complaints
What are the responsibilities and obligations of the landlord, agent and tenant?
How to reduce its impact and some of the common misconceptions that both tenants and landlords have regarding condensation?
The importance of heating, ventilation and thermal insulation;
- central heating versus point heating
- gas versus electric
- double glazing, loft insulation and wall insulation
- impact of cost of heating
Practical issues and worked examples.
Continuous Professional Development
Remember that Continuous Professional Development points (CPD) apply to RLA courses. You can also get CPD points for being a member of the Residential Landlords Association.
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Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme
This course is worth 3 basic CPD points with the Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme
RLAAS is a national scheme who aim to encourage, acknowledge and actively promote good standards and management practice by owners and to assist owners and tenants to undertake their respective responsibilities to each other.
RLAAS is open to all landlords who operate in the private sector, and accreditation is FREE. Members of RLAAS also receive a discount when enroling for a course operated by the Residential Landlord's Association.
To find out more, and what RLAAS means to landlords and tenants across the country, visit the RLAAS website.