Damp, mould and heating advice
Unfortunately due to the UK climate, issues with damp within our homes can be common. Brown staining to ceilings or walls can be a sign of defects that are allowing water to penetrating through the structure. If you find you have mould growing on surface finishes, furniture and other possessions this can be sign that you have a problem with condensation or high humidity levels.
If you think you have a condensation problem see our booklet How to prevent damp, mould and condensation in your home for more information. It is always a good idea in the first instance to discuss the matter with your landlord or letting agent. The solution to resolving condensation problems often requires some input from both the tenant and landlord and can involve ensuring that you have adequate heating and also use it. Also the property needs to be appropriately ventilated. By working together you may be able to find a quick solution.
If you think that you have defects or disrepair to your home which is causing penetrating damp or condensation you should discuss the matter with your landlord in the first instance. You may also be eligible for a grant to get your home insulated or have heating improvements carried out. Contact Healthy Homes Dorset to find out what assistance and advice is currently available You can also contact us for advice using the below contact information.
All homes should have heating that is controllable by the occupants, safely installed and maintained. It should also be appropriate to the design, layout and construction, so that the whole home can be adequately and efficiently heated.
There is no specific standard for the type of heating a rented home should have and the most common systems are gas fired central heating, electric night storage heaters and electric panel heaters. It's important to understand how to operate your heating system so that you get the most benefit from it, whilst ensuring that it is still as economical to run as possible.
If you have no or limited heating or your heating has broken, you should discuss the matter with your landlord in the first instance. You can also contact us for advice using the below contact information.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
All residential properties rented from the 1 October 2008 are required to possess an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). You should be given a copy before the start of your tenancy. The EPC looks broadly similar to the energy labels provided on many household appliances. The EPC will provide an energy efficiency rating of your property from ‘A’ to ‘G’, where ‘A’ is very efficient and ‘G’ is the least efficient. The better the rating the more energy efficient the building is and the lower the fuel bills are likely to be.
From the 1 April 2018 landlords must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘E’ before granting a new tenancy to new or existing tenants. In other words properties with an ‘F’ or ‘G’ rating shall not be let, unless the landlord can demonstrate that a relevant exemption applies. If you have entered into a new tenancy on or after the 1 April 2018 and believe your property has an EPC rating of ‘F’ or ‘G’ then please contact your local councils Private Sector Housing Team for further information and advice.
These requirements will then apply to all existing private rented properties (even where there has been no change in tenancy arrangements) from 1 April 2020.
To find out more information or to find an EPC for your home please visit the EPC Register website.
Report an EPC issue to the council
Report an EPC issue with your rented house in North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland
Report an EPC issue with your rented house in Christchurch and East Dorset