|Dampness, mould and mildew can be a big problem for rental homes at this time of year and especially for homes in Auckland which is renowned for having very damp and wet winters. So it’s not uncommon in our experience for disputes to arise between Landlords and Tenants as to whose responsibility it is. Put simply it is both the Landlords and the Tenants responsibility.
There are many causes so the best approach to combating this common problem is prevention.
The following actions from the Landlord and Tenant can help greatly with keeping mould and mildew under control:
It is a good idea to educate your Tenants at the start of the Tenancy about these strategies for preventing mould and dampness. Failure to do so may result in the Tenant pursuing you in the Tribunal Court for personal belongings that have been ruined from the mould and unless you can prove it was the fault of the Tenant you may find yourself liable.
Sometimes the cause of the mould may not be either the Landlord or the Tenants, it could be the positioning of the house which doesn’t get a lot of sun or the true cause may just be a mystery. It’s important for the Landlord and the Tenant not communicate and both take measures to try and identify the root of the problem. In the meantime it’s essentially that the Tenant take measures to clean the mould as leaving mould on the ceilings and walls is a health hazard for the people living in the home. If it is found the cause of the mould is the responsibility of the Landlord or Tenant, then the other party should issue a notice to remedy if the problem is not being resolved.
If you are having an issue with mould and mildew in your rental property and would like some advice on how to resolve the issue contact us today 09 4763433.
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