Condensation and some reminders about its prevention.

Many tenants report dampness to landlords or managing agents which turns
out to be condensation. This happens when warm air comes into contact with
a cold surface and moisture in the air turns into droplets of water.
If your tenants property has condensation, you may find a blackish mould
growing on the inside face of external walls, in the corners of rooms, on
window frames and behind wardrobes and other furniture. The mould is a
result of the condensation not being cleaned & dried in time.
Condensation is one of the main reasons why a full deposit is not returned to
a tenant at the end of the tenancy period. This is because it is normally the
responsibility of the tenant to take all reasonable steps to adequately
ventilate as well as heat the house.
If any condensation develops, the tenant is normally expected to wipe down
and clean the affected surfaces from time to time to prevent the growth of
mould and any other associated damage that can be caused to the window
frames, floor, walls and ceilings.
Tenants can reduce the risk of condensation by doing the following:
1. Open a window when you are cooking and keep lids on saucepans.
2. Leave the bathroom window open after a bath or shower to clear steam.
3. Keep the bathroom door shut when you are having a bath or shower.
4. Do not block air vents of airbricks.
5. Open windows in all your rooms for a few minutes each day to let some
fresh air circulate.
6. Leave some background heating on all day in cold weather.
7. Do not cover radiators or storage heaters with damp clothing.