Condensation starts as moisture that is produced by cooking, washing and using gas appliances. The moist air condenses on cool surfaces such as walls, wall tiles, windows and ceilings.
Condensation can be prevented or reduced in the property by controlling the excess moisture in the following ways:-
• Close your kitchen and bathroom doors to prevent steam going into other, colder, rooms.
• Open the kitchen or bathroom windows (if applicable) when cooking or washing.
• Open windows in other rooms to allow a change of air.
• Keep trickle vents open (these are small devices on new windows which can be opened without affecting the security to your property).
• Curtains and blinds should be kept open during the day as this will help to minimise the condensation in the property.
• Wipe down surfaces where moisture settles to prevent mould forming.
• Use the extractor fans if supplied in the property (do not isolate fans in bathrooms).
• Dry clothes outside if possible.
• Do not hang wet clothes over radiators (this will cause condensation and damage to the decoration which you will be responsible for rectifying).
• Ensure that tumble driers vent to the outside.
• Maintain a low background heat – it is advised that the property thermostat is kept at a minimum of 13 degrees during cold periods to prevent the hot and cold effect which causes condensation.
Failure to adhere to the above may result in damage to the property which in turn the tenant will be responsible for and therefore they will have to cover the cost of any repairs or work required to rectify the problem.