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Re: Condensation/mould due to poorly sealed windows
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2017, 07:35:46 AM »
I'd say you have been rather lucky, Nan!  That's quite a bit of effort.  I guess the owner wants their property to retain its value and be comfortable going forward.  Maybe they're only letting it out 'til the mortgage is paid, and then they'll retire, so they want it to be a nice place to live in the future.  The people who own our old place already had the main house to live in, so our wing was just a bit of extra income for them, to pay for holidays and stuff.

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I replied to this topic for the sole purpose of making it appear above another topic, so the forum topic list would look like this:


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Re: Condensation/mould due to poorly sealed windows
« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2017, 07:47:31 AM »
Oh, gosh, now I'm getting an idea how lucky I am to have found a good landlord in this Housing Agency. They installed an 'anti-damp' system, apparently, a few years before we moved in. It brings in outside air and warms it to so that it's "within 10 degrees of the inside" (or 10 degrees warmer than outside, I don't quite remember) and circulates it through our hallway as the sensor instructs. (Which explains that cold spot we thought might be a ghost ;) when we first moved in. Had to flip the switch on it's heater on.) And they installed double-pane windows just before we got here. We've been trying to figure out what the cylindrical things that are in the window-frame, but above the windows, are since we came in, and just this week found that they are "trickle vents" that are supposed to allow a minuscule amount of air in by the windows to help fight condensation. Not quite sure how bringing outside air in instead of inside air going out helps with condensation, though.

So far the only rooms we have had trouble with moisture on the windows/frames/walls are the kitchen and the  baths. As noted above, opening the windows in the summer is no big deal, but when it's below zero all week I'm not inclined to open them!  There is a very small, underpowered vent in the top corner of the kitchen that doesn't seem to do much, and the stovetop's vent-hood exhausts into the room!  I'm keeping an eye out for mold, since I'm a bit allergic, and hoping for the best. Am also now very thankful we went with a "modern" (if 1950s counts) build than that cute older place that had such charm when we viewed it! :D

To the OP, if it was me, I'm not sure I wouldn't have a little voodoo doll of that landlord... etc. ;)


That sounds great!! We used to rent a flat my husband had forever. It was a housing association flat, but the HA was amazing. The flat itself was old, but was so nice on the inside. The slightest problem they'd come running for us. I was to be honest sad to go because they were such good landlords. However, we needed a bigger place and it was a bit selfish to hold on to a low rent place when we didn't need it anymore.

We never had a drop of mould at that place. Our biggest issue is somehow we had a mouse


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Re: Condensation/mould due to poorly sealed windows
« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2017, 07:49:55 AM »
To be honest, this sounds a lot like my letting agent. Our mould is uncontrollable in the bathroom though we try everything to fix it. Unfortunately, I haven't made any headway on how to prove that it's not our fault. If you figure a way, let me know lol


I talked to a friend who used to be in Lettings and she said it's common for them to try to blame you. And be careful of pushing to hard because if they do a visit, and find one thing your doing wrong they'll likely blame you for everything....
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Re: Condensation/mould due to poorly sealed windows
« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2017, 11:10:28 AM »

That sounds great!! We used to rent a flat my husband had forever. It was a housing association flat, but the HA was amazing. The flat itself was old, but was so nice on the inside. The slightest problem they'd come running for us. I was to be honest sad to go because they were such good landlords.

We rent from a housing association as well, and they are great.  Have never had to wait more than 1 day for any repair/issue.  Compared to 11 WEEKS when the ceiling fell down in the (private let) flat in Partick!!  >:(