Awaab’s Law: Is Your Housing Stock Anti-Mould Compliant?

If left untreated, mould and dampness in homes can cause potentially life-threatening respiratory conditions. While this is a problem that can potentially affect any house, it has become prevalent in social and private housing sectors, where mould has all too frequently been ignored, treated inadequately or without sufficient urgency.

As is often the case, it took a tragic death to bring change to this situation.

What is Awaab’s Law?

In December 2020, two-year-old Awaab Ishak died from a respiratory condition caused by prolonged exposure to mould in the social housing flat he called home in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. The coroner called this “a defining moment”.

With a fast-tracked review of the present guidance surrounding the health impacts of damp and mould already underway, the Government has now tabled amendments to the Social Housing (Regulation) Bill. Dubbed “Awaab’s Law”, these will require landlords to investigate claims of damp and mould and fix serious problems within strict time limits.

The Housing Ombudsman will also be given new powers to ensure compliance with the new regulations, placing pressure on the housing sector to carry out urgent remedial works. This has understandably raised concerns in the sector, but with the right approach to mould and damp removal and treatment, landlords and tenants have nothing to fear.

How can mould be removed from a property?

The first step in eradicating mould from a property is to identify the cause of the mould. This will often be due to excess moisture, lack of ventilation or a combination of the two.

  • Roofs, gutters and pipes should be checked for leaks and wooden windows and doors for signs of rot.
  • Areas of high humidity such as kitchens and bathrooms should be well-ventilated and vents should be periodically checked to make sure they aren’t blocked or obstructed.
  • Outlets from washing machines, dishwashers and tumble driers should also be checked regularly.
  • Furniture placed against outside walls, particularly those of older properties without wall insulation, can also retain mould-causing moisture.

Any material or surfaces that are porous – wallpaper, ceiling tiles, carpets – will retain moisture and can encourage mould growth. If these cannot be effectively cleaned and the mould neutralised, they should be removed from the property.

How can mould be removed and neutralised?

Once the sources of moisture and damp have been identified and rectified it’s important to remove and neutralise any remaining mould. This isn’t just because it looks unsightly; untreated mould spores will continue to be a health hazard and will encourage the return of further growth.

When removing mould from a property, care needs to be taken to protect the operatives carrying out the work and the residents, and to minimise legal disrepair claims.

This is where Pura+ from Maxam comes into its own. This two-part mould treatment and protection system carries no risks of harm to human health but creates an effective barrier against the return of mould growth. It is also safe and easy to apply and with little to no damage to existing décor.

  • Many biocides used to treat mould are highly toxic and harmful to human health. Children, the elderly and immuno-compromised or chronically sick people are particularly vulnerable, and operatives are also at risk of workplace exposure exceeding safe limits.
  • Pura+ contains no dangerous biocides or other hazardous chemicals. As a result, operatives don’t need to wear specialist PPE and residents don’t need to be removed from the property while treatment is being carried out.
  • Following treatment, the area is immediately safe for people and animals and it leaves no lingering unpleasant odour.
  • That’s not to say it isn’t as effective – Pura+ kills 99.9999% of bacteria, viruses and fungi and prevents them from returning. In contrast, biocides are not effective against all microbial organisms and even if they neutralise the mould growth, allergenic spores and mycotoxins may still remain and present a health hazard.
  • In many cases, mould can be removed from surfaces – even wallpaper – without damaging the surface or requiring redecoration. This can prevent further claims from residents to cover the cost of redecoration or repair.

How is Pura+ mould treatment applied?

Pura+ is a two-step process that first encapsulates and removes the mould and then creates an invisible antimicrobial barrier that inhibits future growth.

  • While no specialist PPE is required, we advise wearing a face mask during the treatment process to prevent inhalation of mould spores.
  • The contaminated surface is first sprayed with the Pura+ treatment solution, treating one square metre of the affected area at a time to encapsulate the mould.
  • Once the surface is wet, scrub it with a stiff brush in a circular motion to remove the mould.
  • When the entire area has been treated, it should be left to dry – this can be accelerated with a fan heater or dehumidifier.
  • When the surface is completely dry, wipe it over with a soft microfibre cloth, and then spray it with Pura+ surface sanitiser.

You can also watch our video here to see how easy and effective Pura+ is on mould.

What do housing groups say about Pura+ mould treatment?

More than 100 UK housing groups have successfully used Pura+ to treat mould in homes. Here’s what a few of them have said about it.

  • “Pura+ is a great product. We’ve been very impressed with the feedback we’ve been getting.”

Solihull Community Housing.

  • “The best option appears to be the Maxam Pura + as it is the only one that does not have any ill health effects associated with it for general use.”

Health & Safety Section, Walsall Housing Group

  • “Good stuff, does the job.”

Places For People

  • “Really easy to use, no unpleasant fumes and was able to use on wallpaper with no discolouration at all, in all honesty, I was shocked with how effective it was with no damage or discolouration to decoration.”

Vivid Homes

What other products does Maxam offer?

Maxam supplies a wide range of property maintenance and repair products for social housing and public buildings.

With full sales support, technical information and free samples backed up by fast delivery times and a 100% satisfaction guarantee, we have become a trusted supplier to the UK’s top housing organisations.

If you would like to learn more, click on the link above to view our range or call our advisors on 0800 0922 923 or if you are outside the UK, +44 131 442 4343. Alternatively, drop us an email at web@maxam.co.uk.

Visit the DURA+ Demo Event at Travis Perkins Loanhead

Where & When?

Head over to Travis Perkins in Loanhead next Wednesday 30th June for free samples, free refreshments and free expert advice.

What is Dura+?

Dura+ all-in-one adhesive and sealant can be used on a huge range of tasks from fixing leaks to instant sealing even in the toughest conditions. A food safe, solvent free, flexible, and waterproof product, you will find that Dura+ allows you to replace a veritable galaxy of mastic, silicone sealants, caulks, and adhesives with just the one product.

Possibly you have already heard of a ‘wonder product’ for the construction, maintenance, and facilities management trade talked up to the skies, only to be disappointed once the money has left your account?

Not with DURA+! 

Please do come along to see this for yourself, meet our down-to-earth guys and chat over your challenges and – very importantly – take a free sample tube away to try for yourself.

Dura+ is available in several colours for all your construction and repairs needs.

Venue: Travis Perkins – Pentland Industrial Est, Loanhead, EH20 9QH

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Need Samples or More Information?

Shortage of OSB in UK – Alternate Window Boarding Solutions

Is There a Shortage of OSB for Window Boarding in the UK?

OSB (oriented strand board) is arguably the most common material used to board up and make safe broken glass windows. There is however a huge shortage of timber products in the UK at this time including OSB. The Timber Trade Federation reports that OSB imports fell by up to 50% due to the ongoing global pandemic. This then begs the question, ‘Can I use an alternative to OSB to board my broken windows?’. Maxam’s answer is a resounding, ‘YES!’.

What is OSB?

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OSB is an acronym for Oriented Strand Board. OSB is constructed from ‘strands’ or longer chips of wood that are mixed with adhesives and waxes, aligned in perpendicular alternating layers, and pressed into panels. (see image above for an example of what OSB looks like) 

What are the Alternatives to OSB for Making Safe Broken Windows?

There are many alternatives such as:

  • Plywood
  • Steel sheets
  • Plexiglass or Perspex
  • Composite boards
  • Glass repair film

The alternatives are many, but there is one solution that stands out: Glass Repair Film.

The Ultimate Alternative to OSB

Maxam 175 Glass Repair Film solves a multitude of challenges with the traditional OSB boarding method of making safe a broken window.

Some of the drawbacks or challenges of OSB Boarding are:

  • Unsightly – if your window is street facing, having a raw OSB board over your window will look unpleasant.
  • Non-Translucent – once you have boarded your broken window with OSB, if that is the only window in the room, no natural light can enter the room.
  • Destructive – in order to secure the boarding, the board has to be screwed in to the window frame or surrounding wall.

Maxam 175 offers solutions to all these issues and more:

  • Translucent Film – this takes care of point 1 and 2 above. As is translucent, it is basically invisible making it instantly more visually suitable and allows light to enter as if it were glass.
  • Adhesive Backing – As this is a film, you simple apply it to the broken window without any penetration of the frame or surrounding walls.
  • Can be applied to moving objects – As it is a film and has flexible properties, Maxam 175 can be applied to vehicles, trains or construction site vehicles. Read the case study on Virgin Trains to see how Maxam 175 was their ultimate solution.
  • Cost savings – one board of OSB costs about £25 on average and can be used to cover one window. Include the time, the fact it takes 2 persons to board a window and that cost quickly increases to more than £50. With a 3M roll of Maxam 175 handy for less than £50, you can fix multiple windows, one person to carry out the work and only use exactly what you need.

Maxam is Here to Help!

the team at Maxam have been providing innovative products to clients in social housing maintenance, public transport, education facility managers, hospitals, facilities managers and builders merchants for over 25 years. 

With our experience and a desire to answer and solve your questions and challenges, we would be glad to hear from you. You can contact us via email at sales@maxam.co.uk call us toll-free on 0800 0922 923 or via our contact page

We look forward to hearing from you soon! 

Visit the DURA+ Demo Event at Travis Perkins Haddington

Where & When?

Head over to Travis Perkins in Haddington next Wednesday 9th June for free samples, free refreshments and free expert advice.

What is Dura+?

Dura+ all-in-one adhesive and sealant can be used on a huge range of tasks from fixing leaks to instant sealing even in the toughest conditions. A food safe, solvent free, flexible, and waterproof product, you will find that Dura+ allows you to replace a veritable galaxy of mastic, silicone sealants, caulks, and adhesives with just the one product.

Possibly you have already heard of a ‘wonder product’ for the construction, maintenance, and facilities management trade talked up to the skies, only to be disappointed once the money has left your account?

Not with DURA+! 

Please do come along to see this for yourself, meet our down-to-earth guys and chat over your challenges and – very importantly – take a free sample tube away to try for yourself.

Dura+ is available in several colours for all your construction and repairs needs.

Venue: Travis Perkins Haddington – 2A Hospital Rd, Haddington EH41 3BH

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Need Samples or More Information?

What Materials Can Hybrid Adhesives Bond?

Is Hybrid Adhesive the New MVP of Sealants and Adhesives?

One of the best things about hybrid adhesives is that because they stick well to so many surfaces, an adhesive bond is possible between otherwise incompatible substrates that previously would have required mechanical fixings.

Dura+ hybrid adhesive is one of the most advanced and versatile fixing products in the construction industry, combining all the best qualities of silicone sealants and grab adhesives and outperforming both of them.

What can Dura+ Hybrid Adhesive Sealant Stick/Bond?

With a cartridge of Dura+ in their toolkit, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, fitters and decorators can quickly and permanently bond surfaces together, fix stuff in place, fill gaps and make a waterproof seal. All with one product.

As Dura+ is solvent-free, it is also compatible with substrates that would be softened by grab adhesives, which contain solvents.

Providing the contact surfaces are stable and free of dust or grease, Dura+ will bond most surfaces – even when wet – including:

  • Wood – unplaned timber; planed square edge (PSE) timber
  • Metal – stainless steel, aluminium, copper, lead, etc.
  • Plastics – hard PVC, polycarbonates, polyurethane, polystyrene, fibreglass (GRP), ABS and Perspex
  • Porcelain, ceramics and glass – sanitaryware, wall and floor tiles, glazing, shower screens, mirrors, etc.
  • Stone, brick and concrete
  • Cured plaster and mortar
  • Surface coatings – paint, varnish, powder-coating
  • All roofing materials including bitumen paper

What Will Hybrid Adhesive NOT Stick/Bond To?

You might ask, what doesn’t Dura+ stick to? Like all hybrid adhesives, it won’t stick to cured silicone sealant, so this must be removed and the area washed down with isopropyl alcohol (IPA), rubbing spirit or similar alcohol before reapplying Dura+. It also won’t bond with surfaces that have a high wax or oil content – lookout for this particularly in products used to preserve exterior timber such as fencing and garden furniture.

If you have an unusual application and are unsure if Dura+ will work, you can ask our experts on 0800 0922 923 for professional advice – we’re just a phone call away!

Maxam Products Now Available on Amazon!

Due to the high demand and our products and the MAXAM brand becoming a household name, we have taken the decision to offer our innovative products for general use through the most popular online shopping platform: Amazon.Co.Uk!

Everyone can now use MAXAM products for DIY home repairs or even if you just prefer to shop from Amazon!

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Our Product Range Available on Amazon

Click the links below to go directly to the relevant Amazon shop page!

Our flagship emergency glass window repair product that makes broken windows safe in seconds. Maxam 175 comes in 3 convenient sizes.

The newest innovation from MAXAM, DURA+ Hybrid Polymer All-In-One Adhesive & Sealant. Just as effective, strong, and flexible as the leading brands of hybrid polymer adhesives, but not as hot a price! Adhesive, Glue, Decorators Caulk and Silicone Sealant: All in one convenient tube with superior performance. Learn more about DURA+ Here and read the comparison here to popular brands!

With COVID-19 still a threat to society, we supply a range of anti-bacterial products which includes:

    • Anti-Microbial Surface Cleaner – This Non-Alcoholic, Non-Bleach, No Fragrance spray kills up to 99.9999% of harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi and will last for up to 7 days on surfaces.
    • Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitiser Gel – Tired of your hands drying out and cracking from using alcohol-based hand sanitisers? The PURA+ AF Hand Gel is your answer and will last up to 8 hours protecting you from germs.

All our emergency roofing repair and weatherproofing products are also available on Amazon for your convenience.

  • Maxam Jetseal – an instant waterproofing sealer in a 400ml aerosol for easy access to awkward areas and tight spots.
  • Maxam Wetseal – a trowel on roof and gutter repair compound that is instantly weatherproof and can be applied in all weather conditions.
  • Maxam Seek-N-Seal – The ultimate emergency roof leak repair solution. A unique formulation of microporous natural material which flows with the rain, to the location of the leak. As it flows, Seek-n-seal gradually swells up to 15 times its original size effectively sealing off the leak until a more permanent repair can be made.
  • Maxam Maxseal – Maxseal is a solvent based cold applied bituminous compound that acts as a very effective general purpose roof coating. Maxseal can be applied between -10c to +50c to Felt, Lead, Zinc, Asbestos, Cement, Concrete, Galvanised Steel and Iron.
  • Maxam Maxcrete – a high strength concrete repair compound that can be applied down to 0c and can be driven over in 2 hours for the least downtime in high traffic areas.

The Maxam Commitment

As we continue in our commitment to providing high-quality, innovative and cost saving products to the construction and property maintenance sectors we are glad to offer these products to all with the highest convenience.

If you have a charity that you like to support, be sure to login to smile.amazon.co.uk and choose your charity to automatically support as you purchase your Maxam Products!

Have a question or need help? Please feel free to email us at sales@maxam.co.uk or call us on 0800 0922 923.

Happy Shopping!

White Silicone Supply Issues in UK – Alternative Option to Consider

The Global Silicone Sealant Supply Challenge

With global construction markets booming despite the COVID-19 pandemic, raw material shortages are starting to negatively influence product supply, including silicone sealants.

In March 2021, a well-known construction sector market research group in Europe, Construction Market Experts, published a blog mentioning that the pandemic has caused global shortages of Siloxanes, which is a key base component in the manufacturing of silicones.

This month, May 2021, we have got market feedback from major construction retailers and builders’ merchants that there is an ongoing and worsening shortage of silicones, and in particular, white silicone in The UK.

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A Solution to the Silicone Supply Shortage

Maxam have for years been providing solutions to challenges in the construction market and this continues to be the case with the newest addition to our range of products.

Dura+ Hybrid Polymer Sealant has been launched in early 2021 as Maxam’s answer to overpriced hybrid sealants on the market and as a solution that will reduce the reliance on silicones by providing a superior product.

Not only does Dura+ far exceed the properties and performance of silicone, but it can also be used as caulking as it is paintable and will not crack after setting.

Why carry around 4 tubes instead of one? Many construction workers use 4 different tubes of sealant or adhesive. A tube of caulk, a tube of adhesive (Gripfill or similar), a tube of silicone and a tube of glue (Unibond No More Nails or similar).

With Dura+, the advantages and savings are massive for everyday users of adhesives and sealant. Not only from the convenience of having your tool belt lightened from 4 tubes to 1, but also from a cost perspective.

Cost Comparison Between DURA+, Silicone and Conventional Products

Cost Comparison Graph For Silicone vs Hybrid Adhesive

DURA+ - The Obvious Alternative to Silicone

As is evidenced here, one tube of Hybrid Dura+ Adhesive Sealant replacing all 4 separate tubes would save more than £3 per tube or 23.29%. When extrapolated to commercial use quantities, this becomes a major saving.

The other point to be considered is that many times, due to only a small quantity needed of one particular type or colour of caulk, glue or silicone, a high amount of wastage occurs.

With Dura+ the ‘type’ variable is removed only leaving colour as the variable which could reduce your wastage and overall costs by a large amount across multiple projects.

With 5 popular and versatile colours to choose from, Dura+ is the obvious choice to reduce your costs and your environmental impact via reduction of wastage. Dura+ is available in White, Clear, Black, Brown, and Grey.

Our Conclusion

So, we don’t think that the rumours, or reality, of a white silicone shortage (or any silicone shortage) should be a concern. It is rather an opportunity to challenge the status quo of adhesive and sealant usage and find opportunities for cost savings, environmental impact reduction, and freeing up of stock storage space.

If you are interested in these savings, a Maxam team member would be more than happy to discuss your requirements and get you set up with a supply of Dura+.

Please contact us on the form below, via email at sales@maxam.co.uk or give us a call on 0800 0922 923.

Need Help Choosing the Correct Adhesive Sealant? We are Waiting To Help!

    Silicone Adhesive Sealants and Alternatives

    The evolution of silicone adhesive sealants over time

    When English chemist F.S Kipping introduced the word silicone in 1940, the
    synthetic product appeared to be of no commercial use, and the world
    continued with natural rubbers, resins and wax. But from simple commercial
    beginnings in the 50’s to widespread use in the 80’s, silicone has become a
    very valuable and versatile adhesive or sealant, and numerous versions have
    been developed. You can now easily obtain a silicone sealant or adhesive
    adapted to stick, seal or cement for virtually any application.

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    Hybrid Sealant Adhesives - the next generation

    After the abundance of silicone adhesive sealants and polyurethane glues and sealants, Hybrid Sealant Adhesives emerged, combining the positive performance attributes of many types, to produce a high-strength, durable sealant and adhesive.  These new products have a number of advantages, and generally do not contain silicone, solvents or isocyanates, scoring well on the environmental front. This lack of solvent also means they do not shrink or crack through curing, making them very valuable for caulking and gap-filling, as they retain their stretch or elasticity.  A major weakness with regular silicone sealants is that they usually require a dry surface to bond to – in real life this can be difficult to achieve. The next generation, sometimes called Hybrid Polymer Sealant Adhesive, can even cure under water. 

    Which Sealant Adhesive do I need?

    The answer to this will of course depend on your task, but unless you do exactly the same task all the time, or are only expecting to do one task, a product that performs excellently in as many situations as possible makes an obvious choice.  Well known names such as CT1 or Dura+ offer very good bonding strength, at the same time as excellent indoor or outdoor durability and flexibility. The qualities for adhesives you would look for are high initial grab strength and temperature stability. For sealants, it would be ability to seal in damp conditions, long-term flexibility, resistance to shrinking, cracking and discolouration and mould or mildew protection.  Of course you often need a waterproof product, and if used outdoors it should have UV resistance.

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    Are silicone sealant alternatives expensive?

    A basic tube of economy sealant or adhesive may only cost £2 to £4 each. Combined (Hybrid) alternatives would probably start around £9 to £10 for small quantities, which would appear to be expensive at first glance.  However, for a proper comparison, you need to consider two other factors. Firstly, will you need several tubes of sealant and adhesive to cover each different situation you work with?  Secondly, with a variety of different tubes open or on the shelf, you are more likely to find they have dried out or past their best by the time you need them.  Silicone sealants in particular are time-sensitive and you must carefully check the date on the tube. Of course, if you factor in the time or cost of re-doing a job because the sealant or adhesive did not suit the particular situation, your supposed cost saving with a cheap silicone disappears.

    Still Confused? Need Help Choosing the Correct Adhesive Sealant?

    Yes, it can be confusing and you may have many questions that are not answered here. But, that’s ok, we are only a phone call away or can be contacted via email to answer these remaining questions. 

    At Maxam, we have built a reputation for personalised, friendly service that puts the customer first. We have been manufacturing high quality and innovative products for the construction and property repair trades since 1971. We would be glad to answer any questions or concerns about your sealant or adhesive needs. 

    If you would like to discuss your sealant or adhesive needs or find out more about our full range of products, call our friendly, knowledgeable team on 0800 0922 923, send an email to sales@maxam.co.uk or send us an enquiry. Or if you’d rather, browse our complete product range and call us when you’re ready to talk – we’re here to help!

      The best way to tackle your backlog of repairs!

      With the easing of lockdown and major backlog of repairs, social housing landlords are facing the fresh challenge of meeting their obligations at the same time as protecting tenants and operatives from the pandemic and achieving happy tenants. Never has it been more important for operatives to be able to achieve the correct fix, the first time.

      Read our 3-step guide on how to manage the backlog in repairs and fix the right first time:


      Firstly, the welfare of everyone is paramount to prevent the spread of the Pandemic and PPE plays a large part in this. Ensure all staff know the correct PPE to wear especially when entering an occupied property. Ensure they know how to wear the PPE you have an associated and documented sanitising routine for every job. Are they using disinfectants with long term protection or do they need to re sanitise there working space regularly? Is the disinfectant properly certified to EN14476 and does it pose any potential harm to the tenant? Have they the facility to sanitise hands or wash them?


      Not having the right product at the right time is a major reason jobs can’t be completed first time. Many of the Leading merchants have dedicated stock monitoring systems and specialist delivery services to keep the right products on the van and get them to the job just when you need them. Many manufactures of more special goods may offer next day delivery service but if goods are used regularly the merchant will advise when to keep as a freely available stock item.


      Cost and price aren’t always equal. Saving 20% on a material may take twice as long to fit, or mean that repair has to be reattended to meaning the ultimate cost is far above the price of a better product. Therefore, careful consideration should be put on ensuring products are the right product to do the job right the first time which ultimately saves cost.

      Our Top Product Picks

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      Dura + Adhesive Sealant

      We know that in your job, space is always needed, and time is a precious commodity. Cost saving? Oh, you’re very welcome! When you need to save both space, time and money, the ultimate choice for you is DURA+ Hybrid Adhesive Sealant. When it comes to products suited for social housing repair work, you need dependable, reliable products that get the job done right first time, every time. DURA+ will provide ultimate performance for every task, whether it’s a plumbing leak, kitchen repair or even a dripping gutter in the midst of a torrential downpour. No driving back to the merchant for another sealant for another task, DURA+ will do it all helping manage the job in less time.

      Maxam 175 Glass Repair Film

      The original and unrivalled emergency glass repair film, invented to secure broken windows in a matter of minutes. Our Maxam175 emergency glass repair film can but used on internal and external glazing. Used to stabilise broken and damaged glass the film can be applied on flat, toughened or laminated glass; as well as many other hard surfaces.

      Mould Treatment

      Pura + Mould Treatment

      Every building faces mould problems, when dealt with correctly it should not reoccur. MAXAM PURA+ two-part mould treatment will firstly encapsulate the mould spores and safely remove them from the surface then leave a high-performance antimicrobial barrier on the surface. This will completely kill the mould and prevent further use.

      Drainmax Drain Unblocker

      Blocked drains can be a pain to deal with. Thankfully we have a great solution that will get rid of the blockage within minutes. Dissolving granules for blocked drains saving you possible drain damage by jetting or using rods and expensive call out fees, Drainmax is the much-favoured alternative.


      We hope that this blog has helped, if you want to get more advice on repair and maintenance get in touch with the details below:


      0800 0922 923

      Housing Disrepair Claims

      What is Housing Disrepair?  Housing disrepair is when rented property is in need of repair so that it is safe for the tenants to live in. Your landlord is required by law to make sure:
      • That your house does not have damp and mould problems
      • That your heating is working
      • That any drains and gutters are working well
      • That you have safe access to gas, electricity and water
      • That your home does not have a vermin infestation
      • That you have working toilets, sinks and other washing facilities
      • That the structure of your house is in a good state
      If you report an issue and your landlord fails to take action within a reasonable amount of time, then this could be considered housing disrepair.   Problems the Landlord is responsible for: 
      • Faulty Heating System- All tenants are entitled to a working heating system.
      • Leaking Roof- It is your landlords’ duty to make sure leaking roofs get repaired.
      • Plants growing on roof- This can cause damage and leaks in your roof.
      • Damp and Mould- This can be caused by broken gutters.
      • External Drains- If you have broken pipes this should be fixed by your landlord.
      • Rising damp- This can create issues with the plaster, flooring and skirting boards.
      • Hazardous stairs- Stairs with missing banisters, handrails or loose flooring is a major trip hazard that needs to be seen to.
      • Vermin Infestation- If you have a vermin infestation due to other housing disrepair or they were there when you moved in this is the Landlord’s responsibility.
      • Bad flooring- If your flooring presents a trip or slip hazard then this needs to be dealt with.
      • Damaged Brickwork- Repointing can be done to walls when necessary, such as when there are cracks letting water through.
      • Plumbing Problems- Any issues with leaks and plumbing should be seen to by your landlord.
      • Dampness- Damp caused by rotten window frames needs to be dealt with quickly as this could then lead to further problems such as mould.
        Problems the Tennant is responsible for: 
      • Replacing batteries, lightbulbs and HVAC filters.
      • Pest infestations- if this infestation is caused by your own uncleanliness, then it is not the Landlord’s responsibility.
      • Clogged Drains- it is your responsibility to sort out clogged drains if it is due to say, flushing foreign items down the toilet or putting wrong foods down the waste disposal. If your landlord does deal with these, they have to right to charge money for it.
      • Damage done to the property by you or family members or guests or pets is your responsibility to deal with.
      • Damaged walls caused by tenants- if the wall has holes due to you putting up shelves it is your responsibility to get it fixed.
      • Appliances that aren’t working- this often is the landlord’s responsibility although if they aren’t working due to you misusing them then it is now your problem to deal with.
        Get in touch with us today for more help on fixing housing problems: info@maxam.co.uk 0800 0922 923