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Learn about the proposed amendments to Awaab's Law, requiring landlords to address damp and mould in social housing to protect tenants. Stay updated on the latest developments. 

Proposed Amendments to Awaab's Law: Why Landlords Must Protect Tenants from Damp and Mould 

Proposed amendments to Awaab's Law are gaining attention as housing and communities seek to address the risk of damp and mould in rental properties, particularly in social housing. In this article, we will explore the legal responsibilities of landlords, the impact on tenants, proposed measures and regulations, housing authorities' oversight, and the importance of driving changes in social housing regulation. 

What Is Awaab's Law? 

Awaab's Law is a proposed legislation requiring the Secretary of State to set clear deadlines for social housing repairs. It aims to ensure that landlords in the social rented sector promptly attend to and repair faults reported by tenants. 
 
An issue that underscores the importance of Awaab's Law, enacted after the tragic death of Awaab Ishak due to prolonged exposure to mould in his home, is the prevalence of mould in social housing. Prolonged exposure to mould is not just an aesthetic problem; it can be detrimental to residents' health, particularly those with respiratory conditions or weakened immune systems. Awaab's Law, with its mandated repair timelines, could significantly help in addressing such issues. The law could ensure that issues like dampness, which often lead to mould growth, are promptly addressed by landlords, thereby drastically improving living conditions and protecting the health of tenants. 

The changes are proposed in the new rules regarding landlord obligations for damp and mould? 

The update to Awaab's Law in 2024 introduces stringent time restrictions on social landlords, necessitating prompt action on their part to address maintenance and repair issues. As per the revised law, landlords are now mandated to respond to any reported housing defects within 24 hours. Under the new powers of Awaab's Law, non-emergency repair requirements have a stipulated resolution timeframe of not more than ten days, fostering more responsive and responsible landlord behavior. It is hoped that this amendment will expedite the repair processes, improving timely upkeep, and enabling better living conditions in social housing. The law’s penalties for non-compliance further accentuate its seriousness, pushing landlords to meet their responsibilities or face consequences - in the hope of eradicating the risk to tenants health due to the impact of mould going forward. 

What Causes Mould in Social Housing? 

Mould is caused by the presence of moisture, warmth, and organic matter. When these conditions are present, mould spores, which are constantly floating in the air, can land on a surface and start to grow. Areas with poor ventilation, such as bathrooms and basements, are particularly susceptible to mould growth. Leaks in pipes or roofs can also create the perfect environment for mould to thrive. Additionally, high humidity levels can contribute to mould growth, especially in climates with a lot of rainfall. 

How To Prevent Mould In Homes 

To prevent mould, it's essential to control moisture in your home. Any leaks or wet areas must be fixed/dried within 24-48 hours. Exhaust fans can be used in bathrooms and kitchens to reduce humidity, and a dehumidifier can help damp areas. Also, it is advised to keep indoor humidity levels between 30-50% to discourage mould growth and regularly clean and maintain gutters and downspouts to direct water away from the home's foundation. Ensure proper ventilation in crawl spaces and attics and use mould-resistant paint in high-moisture areas. Finally, consider using a HEPA filter in your HVAC system to capture mould spores. Landlords and homeowners should inspect and maintain their home to prevent mould from taking place. 

Why Mould Occurs In Social Housing: How to Better Protect Tenants 

Mould is a common issue in social housing due to poor ventilation and insulation, as well as inadequate maintenance. Many social housing units are older buildings that may not have been properly sealed or insulated, leading to moisture accumulation and the perfect environment for mould growth. Additionally, tenants in social housing may not have the means to address potential sources of moisture, such as leaking pipes or poorly ventilated bathrooms, therefore the landlord must orgistrate regular property inspections to prevent mould spores from growing. The lack of resources and support for maintenance and repairs in social housing can exacerbate problems like mould, posing challenges for social landlords. This can have a significant impact on the health and well-being of tenants, creating the need for better housing standards and support for maintenance in social housing - which hopefully the new amendments to Awaab's Law will ensure. 

How Home-Fresh® Can Fix Your Mould Problem 

Byron Dixon OBE's personal experience of growing up in social housing and his understanding of the challenges faced by the housing sector, led to him exploring the possibility and benefits of bringing his anti-microbial technology into housing and construction environments. This led to the inception of Home-Fresh® - an easy to use, sustainable mould remover that eradicates mould and ensures it doesn't return. Home-Fresh® received significant grant funding to test the mould and mildew prevention kit extensively with the HSE who carried out independent testing on the technology and confirmed its efficacy. 
 
Home-Fresh® recognises the national need for an effective mould solution to ensure safer living conditions for residents, especially in areas of high condensation, poor ventilation, high humidity or damp - like kitchens or bathrooms. 

The Science Behind Mould Treatment and Prevention 

The science behind mould removers is rooted in comprehending the conditions that foster mould growth and implementing effective removal strategies. Mould requires moisture and warmth to grow. Removing it involves a combination of mechanical techniques, such as scrubbing and scraping, and the application of specialised chemicals or biocides tailored to the mould type and affected surface. Preventative measures, such as controlling indoor humidity and ensuring proper ventilation, play a crucial role in hindering mould resurgence. Protective equipment is essential during removal to minimise exposure to mould spores and cleaning agents that pose as a risk to your health. These include: rubber gloves, a mask and goggles to protect your skin. Thorough post-removal cleaning ensures the complete elimination of spores. In cases of extensive infestations, seeking professional assistance from certified specialists is recommended for a safety. 
 
Home-Fresh® is a sustainable, non-hazardous alternative to standard mould removers on the market. It is pet friendly and uses safe microbial technology to eradicate mould spores and ensure they don't return. Home-Fresh® technology can be applied to paint to protect walls from the onset and can also be sprayed directly onto a mould infected area. 

What to do if you're a social landlord who is dealing with new damp and mould in your property 

Landlords are now required by law to address emergency repairs within 24 hours, therefore a reliable solution to help protect tenants health is vital. If mould is a prevalent issue in your properties then Home-Fresh® technology is a reliable, non-hazardous option to ensure the safety of your tenant. 
 
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Introducing HomeFresh® Solution 

Amidst the array of products, Home-Fresh® Solution stands out with its innovative approach to tackling mould-related damage in social housing. Endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), accredited by leading UK universities, HSE, and Innovate UK, this solution is proven to halt mould growth at its source. 
 
Reasons to consider Home-Fresh® Solution: 
 
Scientific Validation: Proven by the HSE to stop mould growth. 
Ease of Application: Can be painted, sprayed, or rolled on without specialised training. 
Accreditations: Recognized by two leading UK universities, HSE, and Innovate UK. 
Testing Assurance: Can be tested with a Home-Fresh® Testing kit to guarantee protection. 
Property Value: Enhances the value of your property. 
Direct Availability: Exclusively available directly from Home-Fresh®. 
 
Home-Fresh® mould solution offers a comprehensive approach towards preventing mould formation in your home. With its unique formula, it not only kills mould but also inhibits its growth, making it one of the most effective solutions on the market. It is best used by regularly treating areas known for being mould breeding grounds, such as bathrooms and kitchens, using anti-mould products. If you want to prevent mould from walls and other surfaces, Home-Fresh® mould solution is the ideal choice. By using this product, you can eliminate as much mould as possible, creating a healthier living environment for you and your family. 
 
Contact our friendly and knowledgeable sales team today at www.homefresh.uk.com, via email at enquiries@homefresh.uk.com, or by phone at 0116 270 1333. 
Home-Fresh® Mould Remediation Kit
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The Home-Fresh® Mould Remediation Kit provides Home-Fresh® product for coverage for up to 2 square metres of mould, all the equipment you will need to apply Home-Fresh® and some simple instructions on cleaning the mould away prior to applying Home-Fresh®.

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