Research conducted by housing charity Shelter and YouGov has revealed that hundreds of renters – including those living in larger, urban areas such as Greater Manchester – are living in what is described as “slum-like” conditions due to damp, mould, infestation and electrical issues.
The report, which polled three hundred tenants from across Greater Manchester, revealed that a third of renters in the region are facing ongoing issues with damp and mould (31 per cent), whilst 16 per cent had problems with fault electricity within their home. One in twelve also complained of mice, cockroaches and related infestations.
Matthew Smetham, a respondent to the survey, claimed the damp in his home even caused his clothes to turn green and caused him health problems. He commented:
“I have been living in awful conditions in this flat. There’s a lot of mould on the walls and all over the furniture. I’ve had to throw away my clothes and go to the doctors because I’ve been ill with chest infections from breathing in the mould.”
Property maintenance providers, such as Novus Property Solutions, are advising homeowners and renters on preventative damp measures, and positive landlord practice.
Stuart Cavanagh, head of HR at Novus, commented that tenants need to become more informed as to the dangers of damp, its different kinds and how to protect their homes.
He elaborated: “The majority of renters are fortunate enough to have helpful, professional landlords who will see to complaints immediately. These are principles, however, that not all landlords work by.
“In such cases, it sadly falls onto the tenant to make better preparations and understand how to protect the property. In the long-run, being better informed will not only help you appeal to your landlord, it will also prepare you for future renting and dealings with landlords in general.
“The health risks are very real, with children and those suffering respiratory ailments most susceptible – an informed approach is the best preventative measure. Know what to look for, and take action accordingly.”
Novus Property Solutions,
PO Box 3279,
Oldfield Industrial Estate,
Phone: 01782 598000
Fax: 01782 598101
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