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New regulations set to drive up standards in ventilation

28 October 2015

Ventilation manufacturer EnviroVent believes that the new regulations to prevent Retaliatory Eviction will help to drive up standards of air quality in rented properties

Landlords will be aware that from 1 October 2015, new restrictions were imposed on Section 21 (repossession of a property), where a landlord fails to comply with certain requirements. 

Section 21 notices can be invalidated when there are tenant complaints which must be made in writing to the landlord regarding the condition of the dwelling. The landlord is required to respond within 14 days and to take appropriate action within a reasonable timespan.

Rebecca McLean, Marketing Director at EnviroVent said: “One of the recurring issues with tenanted properties, both in social and private housing is condensation and mould growth.  Without preventative action being taken, this situation only gets worse, causing damage to the fabric of the building and harm to the health of occupants.  The new Regulations relating to Section 21 mean that the onus is on landlords to improve ventilation within a property to prevent issues escalating.”

A recent survey carried out by EnviroVent found that 90 per cent of people who bought ventilation systems did so because of condensation and mould, with 84% reporting an improvement in these conditions in less than two weeks.

Charles Robertson, a private landlord and customer of EnviroVent, said: “Within just one month of EnviroVent installing one of their ventilation systems, the tenants reported a significant reduction in condensation and improvement in general environment in the house. As an absentee landlord who is concerned but unable to regularly attend my properties in person, I am delighted to recommend EnviroVent as an effective and affordable solution to this.”

He adds: “Condensation and mould can lead to degradation of mortar and timber rot, leading to very significant structural damage… and of course, expense.  I was impressed that the installation was carried out, as planned, at the convenience of the tenant.  There really is no need for tenants to continue to live in damp and mouldy conditions.”

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