The most common Disrepair Problems with Housing Association Properties

Residential tenants across the UK face a variety of housing disrepair repair issues, including plaster and roof damage, as well as mould and structural problems.

In a 2021 survey where 2,000 UK adults were surveyed who had rented a home over the last 5 years – 66% of them had experienced some kind of disrepair issue, while 26% of Housing Association Properties tenants were not happy with the quality of repair and maintenance during their stay.

Whether you’re managing properties or living in a rented property, it’s important to be aware of the most common disrepair problems currently among housing association properties:

Damp & mold.

Many properties across the nation date back to the 1950s, 60s, and 80s. Inherently, most of them have asbestos and tend to suffer from mold or damp problem.

In most cases, unfortunately, landlords tell their tenants to keep their spaces well-ventilated, and also to ensure that the doors and windows are kept open to mitigate the problem. However, this is not a solution and most landlords don’t even send qualified and professional repairmen to uncover the root cause of mould or damp, let alone fix it.

Black mould and fungus in particular can lead to serious health conditions, particularly if you or anyone living there is already suffering from a lung condition, such as bronchitis or asthma.

Structural issues.

The more a property ages, the more likely it is to develop cracks – sometimes, even micro-cracks invisible to the naked eye – and structure disrepair. When the tiniest crack develops in the wall or ceiling or even broken segment, the landlord or property manager must deal with it immediately.

Any kind of internal or external issue can have a highly adverse impact on the building’s structural safety as a whole. What’s more, cracks and holes are breeding grounds for fungus, which can weaken a property’s structure even more, causing additional damage.

Leaks and flooding.

No matter what kind of property you own or live in, a burst pipe, clogged gutter or faulty plumbing can lead to a leak which, if not tended to at the earliest, may cause flooding or water damage.

In addition to damaging personal property, flooding can severely damage the property itself. Staining on the walls or ceiling is a sign that you have leaks with the likelihood of flooding increasing month after month.

Unfortunately, many of these issues are ignored by landlords or the appropriate repairmen or tradesmen are not sent, causing cracks, mould, and damp to develop.

Plaster or roof damage.

When properties are not regularly inspected and maintained, defects in the structure can appear as holes and gaps within the plasterwork, flooring, timber, radiator pipes, etc. Vermin can penetrate the structure as result and create an infestation that can cause serious health issues.

Loss of tiles along with deterioration in the property’s water proofing can lead to roof damage which can not only cause water leaks and damp but also result in some very expensive repairs.

Evidence of walls such as discolouration, cracks, or the wall looking like it’s “boiling”, all require urgent attention.

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