9 Ways to combat Black Mould


Ever had black mould appear in your house?  In the window recesses, on the ceilings, behind furniture – worst of all, in your wardrobe and God forbid, on handbags and shoes!


Condensation is the most common form of dampness.  It’s down to a lack of adequate ventilation. Nothing more, nothing less.


If it’s left untreated, mould growth is harmful and can lead to serious health issues and breathing difficulties.


Did you know that 4 people living in a 3 bedroom property would create a whopping 112 pints of moisture a week from just breathing, cooking, showering and boiling the kettle?


So, how can YOU reduce the condensation in your property?

  1.  Wet washing is a huge factor – dry clothes outdoors where possible, vent your tumble dryer properly making sure that the moisture is taken outside and if you really have to dry washing inside, keep the doors and windows open to keep a steady airflow
  2. When cooking, boiling a kettle, taking a shower or bath, ensure that your kitchen or bathroom door are kept closed to prevent steam going into colder rooms which will cause condensation to form.
  3. Use saucepan lids when you’re cooking – simple but effective, and use the extractor fan – leave it running for 20 minutes after cooking to clear the air
  4. When taking a shower or bath, turn on an extractor fan or open a window to get rid of the steam that is created when running warm water in a cold environment. This will help reduce the amount of condensation that appears on your bathroom windows but won’t eliminate the problem.  If you don’t have an extractor fan in your bathroom or kitchen then make sure that you wipe down the surfaces when you’re done.
  5. Do not overfill your bedroom wardrobes and kitchen cupboards. With lack of ventilation and trapped warm air, your overfilled cupboards are a breeding ground for mould as the air is not able to circulate freely inside.
  6. For the same reason as above, make sure that your furniture is at least 50mm away from the surrounding walls so that air can move around the property. Also try to put wardrobes against internal walls in your bedroom which will be less cold than external walls.
  7. Ensuring an adequate amount of heating in your property will improve the internal temperature of surfaces in the house and reduce the likelihood of condensation.
  8. Double glazing, loft insulation and draft proofing will help to reduce the amount of heat that is lost from a property. Installing insulation will help to keep the temperature of the surfaces inside your property high.
  9. If you do have black mould, apply white vinegar to kill spores


Of course, there may well be a structural problem that is causing water ingress which would need further investigation


If you were interested in this article, you may be interested in this article below :-

The Single Most Frequently Asked Question by Landlords!


How DO You find the Perfect Property Investment?

How would you feel if you bought the perfect property in the perfect location which then gave you the perfect return in £’s?  Imagine then going on to find the perfect tenants who kept the property immaculate and paid every month in full and on time.  This is every Landlord’s dream, right?

But is it REALLY achievable? 

Invest some time in getting expert advice and the answer is YES

Quite often, sourcing your investment property can prove challenging.   There’s so much to consider! From choosing a popular area and knowing what will rent easily to renovating, refurbishment and redecorating, there’s A LOT to consider!  What type of property will attract the right type of tenant? How important is parking, a garden or some outside space? How much do you need to spend to get it up to a let-able standard?  Then there’s the legal requirements to consider, the Landlord’s obligations that you need to meet to stay compliant

What about the return on your Investment?  What do you need to borrow, how much rent will it achieve and how does this fit in with your finances and your long term plan?

To know you’re buying the right property in the right area and attracting the right type of tenant is crucial if you want results. 

If you need help and guidance on ANY of these questions, book onto a Landlord’s Workshop on the second Friday of every month with Sue Stocks.   Sue can help you get to where you want to be.  You’ll leave with ALL of your answers and a clear plan of what to do next, along with some valuable nuggets of knowledge!  

Why talk to Sue?

  • East Devon’s Leading Expert in Residential Lettings
  • Multi award winning Owner of Stocks Letting Agency in Exmouth
  • 25 years experience
  • Public Speaker, hosting Landlord Seminars

To book YOUR place at the Landlord’s Workshop, call 01395 222365.  Workshops are held on the second Friday of each month

A Fishy Little Tale!

Everyone knows that pets aren’t always welcome in rental properties.  You see, some Landlords worry that pets will cause damage in the property, ruin the garden or upset the neighbours.


But when a tenant comes along with a fish tank – it’s a sure bet that fish can’t do any harm, right?


My friend decided to rent a furnished property.  It was just him and his fish tank that he’d had for years – just a few tropical fish in a heated tank, nothing special


So, he moved in and was very happy for some time.  The property was immaculate, he looked after it well and so when his Landlord made a claim on his deposit at the end of the Tenancy, he was really surprised


The fish tank had sat on his Landlord’s unit for some months but what my friend didn’t realise was that the moisture from the tank had caused staining to the wooden surface which would have to be sanded down and varnished.


This particular unit was of sentimental value to the Landlord, it once belonged to his Mother


So folks, two morals to this fishy little tale –

Landlords – don’t leave anything of value in your rental property

Tenants – be careful what you sit your fish on!