Around 1.9 million households (22% of renters) in England have said their physical or mental health is being harmed by poor housing.
Thousands of tenants have contacted ITV to report their shocking damp and mould experiences.
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Your rights as a tenant in a mouldy home
According to the home charity ‘Shelter’: ‘Your landlord must make sure your home is fit to live in from the start of your tenancy until you leave.
A home could be considered unfit if the mould is so bad that you can’t use some rooms or it’s seriously affecting your health.’
- Your landlord is responsible for any repairs to the property, including those that cause damp.
- Your landlord shouldn’t make unreasonable demands. For example, asking you to dry your clothes outside when you don’t have access to an outdoor space.
- Your landlord doesn’t have to provide alternative accommodation during repairs.
- You might be able to claim compensation for disruption or damage to your things if repairs are not completed within a reasonable time.
- If the damp isn’t caused by an underlying repair issue, your landlord should still consider improvements to the heating, insulation or ventilation. What they should do depends on how bad the problem is. Some landlords provide dehumidifiers rather than make expensive improvements.
MAID, a Netflix series based on true life.
Episode 5 shows the detrimental affect mould has on health. The two year old daughter becomes rather ill from breathing in toxic mould every night.