Does a Landlord Have to Fix Black Mold?

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Does a Landlord Have to Fix Black Mold?

Black mould can be a serious issue in any rental or home, especially if someone in the household is allergic to it. Does a landlord have to fix black mould in the UK?

There are certain things your landlord is required to take care of by law. If they refuse to do anything about it, you have the option to take them to court. No matter what your landlord issue is, DoNotPay can help you figure it out and take further steps, if necessary.

Does a Landlord Have to Fix Black Mould?

If the mould is affecting your health and safety or is caused by a repair issue, then yes, your landlord must take care of it. Black mould can be a huge health issue for anyone in your household, especially if you or someone living with you is allergic to it.

Information on Black Mould
What Causes Black Mould?Black mould is usually caused by condensation due to:

  • Drying clothes indoors
  • Poor plumbing and ventilation
  • Showering with closed windows
  • Cooking in a closed space
  • No proper heating system
Where Can You Find Black Mould?You may find this toxic mould in:

  • Corners of walls and ceilings
  • Behind furniture where there is no air flow
  • Skirting levels in rooms
  • Cold surfaces such as window sills and tiles
  • Furnishings and areas with no ventilation
  • Clothes, shoes, curtains, etc.
What Are the Health Risks of Black Mould?Black mould can cause serious health problems like:

  • Nausea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irritation
  • Internal organ damage
  • Allergic reactions
  • Skin rashes
  • Asthma attacks
  • Mental impairment

Report the problem to your landlord before it becomes nearly unmanageable or causes a household member to have pressing health concerns after periods of exposure.

What Can You Do to Avoid Black Mould?

Black mould isn't always easy to avoid, but there are a few things you can do to help prevent its growth. These include:

  • Cover your pans while cooking. The steam that rises to the ceiling can cause black mould to grow.
  • Dry your clothes outside, or use a ventilated dryer.
  • Leave a gap between your furniture and nearby walls.
  • Don't leave internal doors open when you cook or shower.
  • If your bathroom has a ventilation system, turn it on after you get out of the shower.
  • Let air circulate in your home.

How to Ask Your Landlord for Repairs

Asking for repairs can seem intimidating, especially if your landlord doesn't appear to be the friendliest person. Landlords will often try to cut corners or refuse to repair certain things that aren't stated in the lease, even if they have to repair them by law. 

To ask your landlord for repairs:

  1. Know first who is responsible.

Make sure the issue is actually the responsibility of the landlord to fix. Not everything is covered under UK law.

  1. Document the problem.

Make notes about the issue. What issues is it causing you? Does it affect your health and safety? How bad is the problem?

  1. Ask your landlord in writing to repair the problem.

You will always want to do this so your landlord can't claim you never informed them about the problem.

  1. Send your landlord a demand letter with a return receipt.

Ask your landlord in writing to repair the problem. You will always want to do this so your landlord can't claim you never informed them about the problem.

Solve Your Black Mould Issue With the Help of DoNotPay

Is your landlord refusing to help resolve your mould issue? DoNotPay can help you make a demand. If you have to take them to court, DoNotPay can provide a script for you to use. Find out how to solve any of your landlord issues with DoNotPay. DoNotPay is here to guide you through it and file your disputes on your behalf. Our Landlord Protection product can help you:

  1. Get back your security deposits.
  2. Learn about your state's eviction laws and what protections apply in your case.
  3. Resolve disputes regarding repairs with your landlord.
  4. Resolve disputes with roommates by filing demand letters or going through small claims court.

If your landlord still refuses to do anything, it may be time to consider breaking your lease early.

If you want to break a lease due to an unresponsive landlord but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 4 easy steps:

  1. Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.

     

  2. Select which issue applies to you.

     

  3. Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.

     

  4. Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.

     

  5. Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.

     

  6. Select which issue applies to you.

     

  7. Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.

     

  8. Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.

     

And that's it! You should hear back from your landlord directly once your demands are sent.

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