Damp & Condensation

Tackling a common issue for landlord. Keep reading to find out where you stand with damp and condensation, and when to contact the blocks team at Brannen & Partners. 

Is it damp or condensation?

Condensation is a common complaint from residents. Typically, these issues are caused by a lack of ventilation and build up of moisture, for example not opening the windows regularly or drying laundry in poorly ventilated spaces. 

Often, condensation is mistaken for rising damp, which is the responsibility of the building’s management company.

At Brannen and Partners, we use technology and consultancy to determine the difference between damp and condensation so we can ensure the responsible party takes the right approach.

Signs the issue is condensation rather than damp include:

  • Condensation is typically found on cold surfaces
  • It’s caused by wet and humid air in unventilated spaces
  • Black mould may appear on all areas of the wall, as opposed to from the ground up like rising damp. 

Solutions to condensation in your property


Properties should be well ventilated – most windows can be locked open allowing a small gap for fresh air.


Provide a reasonable level of heating (not less than 10°C in an unused area, or 16°C if in use); cold rooms are susceptible to condensation.


Open bedroom windows when you go to bed at night, or at least open them every morning to allow air to circulate the room. .

Download our full guide to condensation and dampness