Two thirds of people who have experienced mould are tenants in private, social or student housing according to a new survey.
Comparison service Uswitch questioned 2,000 adults across the country on 20 aspects of mould, and discovered:
- 64 per cent of those who've experienced mould were tenants in privately rented, council, or student accommodation;
- two thirds believed mould to be entirely the landlord's responsibility;
- 40 per cent claimed they wouldn’t clean mould themselves;
- of those tenants with mould, 40 per cent said they dried their clothes indoors while 22 per cent left the kitchen or bathroom door open while cooking or showering, and 11 per cent admitted folding the shower curtain while it was still wet.
Uswitch energy expert Sarah Bloomfield says: “With the findings that the majority of those who experience mould are tenants, it’s advisable that they contact their landlord to come to an agreement on how to tackle it. Tenants should also be aware that if they pay the heating bills themselves, they have the right to switch energy suppliers to find a cheaper deal.”