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Student homes worst affected by mould

A report from the National Union of Students (NUS) revealed that 52% of students have a problem with condensation, while 47% have issues with mould and 41% with damp in their private rented accommodation.

Issues of condensation and mould have been closely linked to a range of respiratory and dermatological disorders and to the creation of toxic home syndrome, when the air indoors is found to be up to 50 times more harmful than that outdoors.

EnviroVent marketing director Rebecca McLean said: “It is not acceptable that such a high proportion of private dwellings inhabited by students are affected by condensation and mould. This has huge implications for health, as the presence of mould has been closely linked to conditions such as asthma. Condensation and mould are issues that can be fixed with an effective ventilation system, which has benefits both for the health of the occupant and the fabric of the building.

“Landlords that invest in an effective ventilation system can see the benefits in terms of reduced maintenance and redecoration costs. Having a clean, fresh internal environment is also a useful selling point, increasing the appeal to potential tenants.”

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