Qualification and Trade Bodies
All our inspectors are fully qualified and belong to the leading trade bodies which mean our advice is less likely to be challenged by councils and mortgage companies.
Damp and mould are one of the most common complaints that tenants have when renting a property and landlords need to address concerns straightaway.
There is plenty of advice on the internet for tenants experiencing problems with damp, but our reports aim to establish exactly what the landlords responsibility is so that he can ensure the property is fit for human habitation and there are no grounds where the tenant can make a case against the landlord.
Types of Damp
Generally the property will be effected from one of the 3 most common types of damp;
- Penetrating damp
- Rising damp
Condensation is the most common form of damp in rented properties.
It appears when excess moisture in the air comes into contact with a cold surface, such as a window or a cold wall. It can lead to mould growth and tends to be worse in winter.
It's made worse by inadequate ventilation, heating or insulation.
Penetrating damp is caused by water coming through external walls or the roof. It can also happen when there is an internal leak or plumbing problem.
Rising damp is when moisture beneath the building is soaked up into the bricks or concrete. It's a common problem on the ground floor and basements of older houses.
It is so important that you establish straightaway the cause of any damp that your tenants are experiencing and that you put it right. This could include issuing advise where it is found that the tenant and their lifestyle is the cause of the damp.
NGalloway will liaise with your tenant ensuring relevant notice periods to organise a damp and mould inspection at your rental property. We will provide advice and guidance to your tenants to address any concerns where the issues are caused by lifestyle. You will be provided with a full Property Care Report detailing any recommended actions to resolve any issues that are found.
All our inspectors are fully trained to give advice and guidance to you and your tenants in relation to all types of damp and mould. Where we carry out an inspection we will provide within 5 working days a report that outlines our advice and recommendations including a quote for any works.
Where works are recommended you are free to instruct your own trades people.