Do You Still Get What You Pay for?

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Rising house prices mean more people are turning to rented accommodation, rather than buying their own home. Demand is far higher than supply, and now there are questions being raised about the quality of housing that is being offered to tenants by landlords.

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Students are especially at risk, with three quarters of them having problems with their accommodation, and a half of these saying they had issues getting them fixed. Toxic black mould is a common problem, and you may be entitled to personal injury compensation if it harms your health.

What is Toxic Black Mould?


Toxic black mould is quite common inside housing, and is bad for your health. It is relatively easy to spot, greenish-black in colour and usually wet. It thrives in damp, warm conditions, and because of this, can ften be found around windows, the front door, or in bathrooms.

What Is My Legal Position Regarding Toxic Black Mould?


It is your responsibility as a tenant to clean off the mould as best as you can. However, it is the landlord's responsibility to fix the cause of the problem, as long as it is not your fault.

It isn't uncommon to be blamed for causing the toxic black mould problem. Landlords will often allege that you haven't ventilated the property properly. However, our clients in the past have been more than reasonable, and have successfully shown that it is the responsibility of the landlord. If you refrain from drying wet clothes inside excessively and don't keep the windows closed at all times, you're unlikely to be causing the problem.

Can I Make a Compensation Claim for Toxic Black Mould?


If your landlord is responsible for the black mould, and you've tried your best to combat the mould yourself (by wiping it off for example), you can claim compensation for any damage caused. If it has ruined your clothes or other belongings, you should be recompensed for that.

You could be entitled to personal injury compensation if your health has suffered because of toxic black mould, or other housing conditions your landlord has subjected you to. You can also claim for any financial losses resulting from the conditions, such as the cost of moving if the conditions are such a risk that you need to move out.

Simpson Millar LLP recommends that you take action immediately, before things go from bad to worse.

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