Drainage and damp downers for tenants

Feeling damp and chilly? A recent study has revealed that many tenants have reported issues with substandard drainage and interior damp.

The survey by drainage company Lanes group, which took into account results from over 1000 tenants, suggested that 85% of those questioned had had problems with drainage or damp during their time renting a property, with 29% of people highlighting damp as an issue saying they had received no help from their landlord with the problem!

The biggest issues reported included:

  • Damp stains on walls and near windows
  • Dripping taps
  • Smelly drains
  • Badly fitting appliances
  • Poor water pressure
  • Blocked drains
  • Leaky pipes
  • Flooding

Whilst the rents might be far higher than anywhere else in the UK, London tenants have the very worst experience when it comes to their drainage. A shocking nine out of ten of the capital’s tenants have had to make contact with their landlord with regards to plumbing issues!

Keeping properties maintained is a real challenge for landlords, particularly as you can’t control tenants’ habits. Having adequate drainage facilities installed and carrying out regular checks by professionals will go a long way in keeping drainage systems in rented properties running correctly. This should be supplemented by giving tenants clear information on what they should and shouldn’t put down drains.

Michelle Ringland, head of marketing at Lanes Group

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