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Q: There is a damp patch on a wall, nothing to do with an open window or condensation. What should I do?

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A. As with any issues or concerns during your tenancy you must inform the landlord or their letting agent immediately in writing to prevent any further damage occurring. Include the date of correspondence and keep a copy for your records. If the damp is caused by structural damage or a defect then the landlord must take action to solve the problem. Damp and mould can pose a serious threat to your health. They have been linked to a number of health problems, including respiratory symptoms, nausea and vomiting. Damp causes fungal spores and is associated with house dust mites; both are known allergens.