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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Landlords warned over mould dangers

    By David Brown on December 27, 2013

    Personal injury claims can be levied at landlords and lettings agents who disregard tenants’ complaints about damp and mould, an insurance firm has warned.

    They could face large fines of up to £5,000, according to Letrisks, a provider of landlord insurance and tenant referencing services, as a result of the illnesses that can arise from exposure.

    Worse in the winter

    Condensation and mould in British residential property is primarily a winter complication. This is most prominent when warm moist air is produced in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms and then penetrates to colder regions of the building.

    When air grows cold, it cannot hold on to the additional moisture produced by day-to-day activities.

    So bits of this moisture appear as small droplets of water, most discernible on windows, or where there is scant movement of air. If unattended to, this further dampness can result in mould growth on walls, furniture, window frames and even clothes.

    How Accident Advice Helpline can help

    Mould-induced personal injury claims can be made against landlords and lettings agents.

    Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) has specialist injury claim lawyers working on a no win no fee* basis. AAH offers free advice for claims for compensation via a 24-hour helpline. Check out AAH’s webpage, which also offers an informative blog page.

    ‘Snub mould, face personal injury claim’

    Condensation and mould aren’t subjects that landlords and agents should ignore, if they want to avoid compensation claims against them, said Letrisks.

    Mould spores need a damp environment in which to flourish so several mould difficulties are caused by bad building maintenance and poor ventilation.

    The spores are known health risks, such as infections, asthma, allergies and sinusitis.

    Michael Portman, managing director of Letrisks, highlighted the recent costly case of a council which did not eradicate damp problems.

    Lambeth Council was fined £1,335 and repairs were undertaken after it failed to act on complaints about damp and mould.

    By this stage, the tenant’s five-year-old son had contracted asthma.

    Mr Portman added: “A personal injury claim was started on his behalf, which is still ongoing.”

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