A poll of tenanted households, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Safeguard Europe, the UK’s leading specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology, has revealed a new North-South divide. Renters living in the South are more likely to encounter damp and mould in their homes than those living in the North.
The poll of 1,154 tenants, conducted earlier this year, found that in London, the East of England and the South East, the highest proportion of tenants reported encountering damp or mould while living in rented accommodation at 63%, 60% and 56% respectively. Meanwhile, fewer tenants had experienced such problems in the East Midlands, the North East and Scotland at 39%, 39% and 40% respectively.
Homes throughout the UK may be at risk from rising damp despite being equipped with chemical damp-proof courses (DPCs), according to research from Safeguard Europe
A collaboration between a national trade body and academia has developed a working formula which could transform damp management in homes.
The Property Care Association (PCA) and the University College London Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (UCL IEDE) are carrying out a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to look into the issue of moisture in buildings.