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Hi all,


I have been living in my home for nearly two years and I rent from a Housing Association.


Around three months ago i noticed in the living room i had black window sills, then on closer inspection i noticed that one of my kitchen window sills were covered in black mould (not my other window sill in the kitchen nor the bedroom one) Not too long after I went to clear out my chest of drawers as I wanted to pack the clothes I wasnt wearing away. I noticed two drawers full of clothes now were covered in mould, they promptly went in the bin. Then I looked in my wardrobe drawers and noticed all my cables (USB, printer, etc) were covered in this stuff, I took the drawers out and there is this black stuff up the walls. Two guitars, an external hard drive and my beloved electronic keyboard were the next casualties along with my brand new two seater sofa and armchair. So I spoke to my landlord via email and a surveyor arranged to come around.

The black mould appears on inside walls and sporadic in nature- on one kitchen window sill but not the other – not in the bathroom (which has no window nor an extraction fan) After a tour of the property, the surveyor advised me that I did not have mould/damp but I did actually in fact have a problem with mildew which was caused by condensation because apparently I was not appropriately venting the property. When asked to elaborate he said that my keeping windows open all day did very little and said that because of my washing and cooking (Due to my being unwell my sheets and towels get washed at mums and I do a clothes wash once every two weeks and open living room and bedroom windows to create a breeze to dry washing, and I live off microwave meals or reheats from good friends) I then asked him what the housing association were going to do and he said nothing. Due to the age of the building (built in 1920s to house sailors who had come in off the boats, the conversation to flats made in 1999) he said it wasnt viable for the HA to do anything. Later on that day I emailed the surveyor and asked for him to put everything in writing (I have Menieres Disease and during vertigo episodes I can find some things hard to take in and I forget. I am not stupid I just want the information in front of me to digest) he then sent me a very poorly photocopied leaflet on damp. I then emailed back and advised that I already had one of these having been downloaded from Haringey Councils website, I then asked again if the surveyor would be so kind as to write in a letter for me everything specific relating to this issues in my flat. I have heard nothing since.


Directly underneath my flat is a basement that water floods when the tide comes in, but according to the surveyor has nothing to do with 'The Mildew Problem'


I have chronic sinus problems and use a steroid spray for this. Over the last few months it has got worse. I disturbed some mould on my kitchen blind and after felt very unwell- like I had caught a virus for over a week and this triggered my latest vertigo episode. My carpets (a year old) have mould underneath them and stink. Both of my dogs coats stink of mould/damp and are bathed once a week which do their coats no good. This problem has been here a matter of months, yet I have lived here for almost two years, so if it was me wouldnt I have had this problem before?


Has anyone else been in a similar position and can advise what to do next? I don't think i'm imaginging this.......



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I would just like to apologise for the typos in my post, the edit button is obscured by another button so i cannot correct these.

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Its really impossible to advise properly without seeing the property.


It is true that 90% of cases where people believe there is a damp issue it is actually a condensation issue. However, this can lead some surveyors etc to automatically assume condensation.


All I can advise is to escalate within the HA using their formal complaint channels.

7 years in retail customer service


Expertise in letting and rental law for 6 years


By trade - I'm an IT engineer working in the housing sector.


Please note that any posts made by myself are for information only and should not and must not be taken as correct or factual. If in doubt, consult with a solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.


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