Rain­fall brings mould is­sues

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

The preven­tion of mould in a rental prop­erty re­quires a joint ef­fort by both the land­lord and the ten­ants. Mois­ture must be both re­stricted from en­ter­ing the premises and from be­ing gen­er­ated in­doors.

Com­mon causes of mois­ture in the home in­clude sur­face wa­ter leak­ing into a build­ing; wet build­ing foun­da­tions or ris­ing damp; rain leak­ing in through a roof or walls; show­er­ing, cook­ing and boil­ing with­out ex­haust fans or open win­dows; use of clothes dry­ers; and in­door plumb­ing leaks or liq­uid spills.

A land­lord could be in breach of the rental agree­ment if mould de­vel­ops as a re­sult of not at­tend­ing to main­te­nance mat­ters re­ported by the ten­ant.

A ten­ant may be in breach of their rental agree­ment, if mould de­vel­ops be­cause they get car­pets wet and fail to dry them out prop­erly, don’t aer­ate a bath­room by us­ing ex­haust fans or open­ing win­dows, leave pools of wa­ter on the tiles out­side the shower and let scum build up, or dry cloth­ing in­doors and don’t air the room.

If mould causes dam­age to premises or be­long­ings, the af­fected party can seek to ob­tain an or­der from the Mag­is­trates Court for com­pen­sa­tion.

Call Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion on 1300 30 40 54 or email con­sumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

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