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Students unsatisfied with damp accommodation – Landlords take action today!

A recent report from Save The Student (a money saving website for students) reveals responses and statistics gathered from over 2000 students regarding their experiences with rented accommodation. The National Student Accommodation Survey details what student accommodation is really like, how much it costs, and what the biggest housing issues are for student renters.

The survey discloses that over half of the students (54%) rent rooms or houses from private landlords and estate agents, and almost every single student tenant (90%) experienced issues with housing. 

35% of students claimed that they have had problems with damp in their accommodation, making it one of the most common causes of aggrievement for student renters. The survey goes into more detail to highlight how 1 in 10 students waits more than a month for a resolution (that includes those who never see their issue fixed) and that only 45% of reported issues are resolved within a week.

New laws affecting student landlords

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act which came into effect today places a greater responsibility on landlords and letting agents to resolve damp and other housing issues. Student tenants now have the right to challenge their landlord with legal action if they fail to rectify reported housing issues. The new Housing Act comes into force, covering private and social renters – as long as they don’t have tenancies longer than seven years – and common areas of buildings are covered as well as individual rooms. It will make landlords more accountable for conditions in their properties, and that they meet certain standards throughout a tenancy.

How to remedy damp in student accommodation

Meaco “ABC” – a perfect remedy for damp in rental properties.

To avoid this becoming an aggravating and potentially expensive issue, preventive measures can be taken to reduce damp and the associated health problems that can arise as a result. Using a Meaco dehumidifier can make a big difference to damp.  The MeacoDry ‘ABC’ range is our quietest model that comes at an affordable price. It’s whisper quiet operating sound makes it perfectly suited for use in a flat or small household, reducing moisture in the air and helping to dry washing indoors (which in a shared student house is often a leading cause of damp). Moreover, this dehumidifier is remarkably energy efficient, costing just 2.45p/hour based on 15.2p/kWh making it cheap to run for the tenants.

If the damp issue is more serious, perhaps structural, then a dehumidifier will help reduce the symptoms of damp whilst remedial repairs are being made.

In summary, a dehumidifier can remedy damp issues making the accommodation more comfortable for students, whilst potentially saving landlords a lot of money in light of the new Housing Act.

To find out more about our full range of home dehumidifiers click here: https://www.meaco.com/dehumidifier

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Landlords: you can now be sued for cold or damp homes under new laws

From 20 March 2019, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act will make landlords more accountable for conditions in their properties. As a landlord you will have to make sure your properties meet certain standards at the beginning and throughout a tenancy. For the first time this will include problems caused by damp and mould.

Conflict with a tenant often arises when there is a problem with damp and mould, and who has responsibility for the problem. If the issue has been allowed to drag on, the tenants’ health and possessions could be affected and you could find yourself facing high costs for repairs and refurbishment.

With damp, the first action point is to check if there is a structural fault or a lack of ventilation.  In combination with this a solution will often be to buy a dehumidifier. This removes the excess moisture from the air created by ‘lifestyle issues’ (bathing, cooking, drying washing, breathing etc). It would also reduce any increase in the room’s relative humidity whilst the tenant waits for repairs to be undertaken. In many cases a dehumidifier alone will solve the problem.

What can landlords do about this?

Condensation on walls is a sign that a situation is bad but it does not necessarily mean that there is a structural issue. It could just be that the outside air is very cold, the walls have little or no insulation and the level of moisture inside is high. Improved wall insulation can help but the internal level of moisture stills needs to be reduced.

Meaco “ABC” – perfect for preventing damp in rented properties.

This new law will increase pressure on landlords to be proactive with regards to damp problems. Meaco’s Managing Director Chris Michael, an expert on humidity issues says:

“To prevent damp, mould and condensation becoming a conflict area use a dehumidifier on a regular basis. We recommend the Meaco “ABC” for rented properties.  They are our quietest ever dehumidifier which means they can discreetly get on with the job of removing up to 12 litres per day of moisture from the air without disturbing tenants. The “ABC” is competitively priced, economic on electricity bills, comes in a range of stylish colours and is light enough to be moved from room to room. They’re also very effective in helping dry washing which in rented properties is often a major contributor to damp conditions.”

To find out more about the Meaco ABC range click here. To view our entire range of Meaco Home Dehumidifiers click here.

 

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Yachting World selects DD8L Zambezi as a damp buster

Yachting World selects DD8L Zambezi as a damp buster

Guidelines on choosing a suitable dehumidifier for yachts at sea is the subject of the November issue of Yachting World’s Gear Tested feature. We are delighted that the DD8L Zambezi has been rated as one of its top choices.

The article points out that anyone who owns a boat outside of the tropics would benefit from a good dehumidifier. As colder weather arrives, so does damp -one of the constant enemies of yacht owners. The purchase cost of a dehumidifier is a fraction of what damp and mould damage will cost you.

Yachting World points out that unless you have a permanent crew armed with chamois leathers or can ventilate the yacht by opening a hatch (which isn’t generally possible during winter months when a boat is unused), then the only other option is to reduce humidity. This is where a dehumidifier comes in.

Yachting World prefers a desiccant dehumidifier, as they work better than compressors in cooler temperatures and produce warm air in the process. Desiccants are also more portable and quieter. They do warn about insurance policies and leaving a dehumidifier on for long periods of time, though the sophistication and safety of today’s models means faults are rare.

The magazine concludes that dehumidifiers are an essential investment to protect the interiors of a yacht over the winter months.

The DD8L Zambezi has a Which? Best Buy Award and is a great choice for any boat owner. The desiccant dehumidifier has a host of safety features to protect against electrical and corrosion concerns. Its three litre tank can drain into a sink via a hose, eliminating the worry of emptying the tank when the yacht is left for long periods of time. The lack of castors also means it will not roll around on board. Additionally if the power fails, the DD8L Zambezi will just restart in the mode it was previously in.

Yachting World concludes it is “a great all-rounder that consistently gets top reviews.”

Yachting World is a monthly magazine focusing on yachting and sailing that has been in circulation since 1894. The full article is in the November 2018 issue.

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Practical Boat Owner reviews new ABC Dehumidifer

Fantastic to see our new “ABC” range of dehumidifiers in Practical Boat Owner magazine, who described dehumidifiers as “great for keeping the interior of a boat dry during Autumn and Winter”.

Practical Boat Owner is a publication focusing on the boating community, providing a source of information for boat owners, that’s been successfully running for over 50 years. You can read the full article in this month’s edition.

Many people like to use a dehumidifier to protect their boat and belongings over winter. Organic material in particular is prone to damage from excess moisture which explains why cushions and bedding often smells musty when you return to your boat in spring.

Two years of research was spent developing the MeacoDry ABC, resulting in an ultra-quiet, low-cost product. According to Practical Boat Owner “ many dehumidifiers are noisy, which is an issue if you’re spending more than a few hours on board”. At just 35 decibels (db) in low fan speed and 40db in high fan speed, the MeacoDry ABC pushes the boundaries for low noise levels, and will ensure you get a good night’s sleep. Available in two sizes, 10 or 12 litres, they are small and lightweight, important when carrying a dehumidifier between a car and the boat. It also has easy to use controls and display. The MeacoDry ABC is low on energy consumption with running costs of just 2.45p per hour based on 15.2p/kWh, making it a cost-effective and practical solution to help remedy ongoing moisture issues

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Preparing your home for winter

The transition into winter sees the weather getting colder, damper and darker. This can lead to a miserable situation if your house is damp and cold. It’s extremely important to ensure you’re doing everything you can to avoid damage to your property and belongings as a result of this change in weather. Another factor that is often neglected is that cold, wet environments can lead to illness, painful joints and even more serious illnesses.

Damp
Damp is probably the biggest issue that the cold, wet, weather brings. The cold air can hold a lot of water vapor which can lead to damage and problems if not dried out. The best way to counter this issue is by using a dehumidifier, which sucks the moisture out of the air and collects it in a water tank. Our 10L ABC Range is energy efficient, quiet and suitable for all budgets.

Cold

There’s nothing worse than getting into a freezing cold bed. It’s also been proven that its unhealthy for your joints to get into a bed that’s too cold. Therefore, investing in a heater is a brilliant way to heat up a certain room. Our Meacoheat Motion Eye heater is perfect for the job, with its own built-in timer so you’re still in control even when you’re not physically able to turn it off.

Luxury This is the icing on the cake, but it’s definitely not a necessity. A heated blanket is a guaranteed way, when combined with a heater, to get into a nice warm bed with a toasty bedroom atmosphere. A lovely, relaxing end to a hard, cold day.

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