The latest attack on landlords by the Generation Rent group of activists is from its deputy director and concerns mould.
It comes in the form of a personalised tweet by the campaign’s Dan Wilson Craw.
He wrote on Twitter: “You know all that rubbish you get from landlords about how mould is the tenant's fault and they somehow have no responsibilities? Well, it comes from the very top.”
He then links his claim to a blog on the Generation Rent website which is a critique of a fact sheet on condensation and mould produced by the National Residential Landlords Association.
The blog accuses the NRLA of suggesting remedies to the problems which put more emphasis on tenants than landlords. Instead the blog urges readers to read Generation Rent’s own fact sheet on the issue.
However the blog is less critical of the NRLA than Wilson Craw’s tweet suggests and even says “To be completely fair to the NRLA, they do give some tips that are useful to keep in mind” and “Nothing the NRLA say is factually incorrect. There are even some tips that we can wholeheartedly agree with.”
Wilson Craw returns to the subject in another tweet when he says: “Condensation, damp and mould can arise from: Inadequate ventilation systems, Poor insulation or heating, Failed damp proof course, Faulty guttering. And other things that it's the landlord's job to fix.”
The criticism of the NRLA came on the same day as the association’s chief executive, Ben Beadle, went before a committee of MPs calling for financial help for tenants with Covid-related arrears.