Condensation in your Home?

Posted on 2 Jun 2020, 11:47 a.m. in Property Management

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As the weather turns colder, condensation and mould can form more easily.

We receive a significant number of reports of mould & condensation over the winter months

Here is a simple guide to condensation in your property, outlining the reasons why it may occur and stating actions which may reduce its effects.

Condensation forms because the moisture in the air can no longer be held as a vapour, so returns to liquid form. This occurs when warm moist air comes into contact with either cooler air or a cooler surface.

Condensation often leads to damp which can cause serious problems in rented properties, especially during the colder winter months, if left ignored. There are however simple steps that you can take to prevent condensation and mould growing in your home.

As a tenant you have a duty of care to the property and may find yourself responsible for damage caused by damp if it can be shown that you haven't taken the necessary measures needed to stop damp forming, or if you have interfered with steps the landlord has taken to limit condensation/damp problems.

Condensation is the most common form of damp that can appear in your property; it can be the cause of peeling wallpaper, damp patches on walls and moisture on the inside of windows and windowsills.

Actually, you can do a lot to prevent condensation in your home and it’s fairly simple to do. Following these tips will help you to keep condensation in your home under control:

Produce less moisture

  • Put a lid on saucepans to keep the steam inside.
  • If tenants have a washing machine or dryer, they should ensure that it is vented correctly.
  • Do not leave kettles boiling.
  • Dry washing outside if possible. Otherwise, hang it up in the bathroom, close the door and have the window open or a fan working continuously while it dries.

Ventilate to remove moisture

  • Ventilate all rooms at regular intervals to remove humid air.
  • Mechanical ventilation systems should not be stopped.
  • Cooking, bathing and showering all produce steam. Put on the fan and close the door to prevent the damp air circulating into other rooms.
  • At other times, leave all the doors to different rooms open to allow the air to circulate.
  • To avoid condensation in bedrooms, open the windows for 15 minutes each morning.
  • Move items of furniture away from the wall slightly so that air can pass behind them.
  • Leave the doors of cupboards open from time to time to air them.

Insulate your building or heat your home a little more

  • Thermal comfort ranges are very subjective. When at home, the ideal temperature usually ranges between 19-22 degrees Celsius in the living rooms, including the kitchen and bathroom, and 16-20 degrees Celsius in the bedrooms.
  • Do not heat up cold bedrooms in the evening by opening the door to heated rooms. The warm and humid air will condensate on the cold walls of the bedroom.

SUMMARY

  • Remove mould when it appears.
  • Use fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Do not let rooms and walls become cold.

Measures such as these will cure most problems of condensation and mould. However, if you think that you have problems with dampness or condensation, please contact your Abercromby’s property manager immediately.

News Laws regarding Swimming Pool and Spa Safety in Victoria

Posted on 18 May 2020, 2:52 p.m. in News, Property Management

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The State Government has introduced a mandatory pool and spa registration process for all pools and spa owners in Victoria. All pools and spas must now be registered by 1 November 2020. (On 26 May 2020 the Victorian Government extended the original registration date of 1 June 2020.)

The new laws apply to swimming pools and spas that are capable of holding more than 300mm (30cm) of water. This includes permanent pools, above ground pools, indoor pools, hot tubs, bathing or wading pools and some relocatable pools. Relocatable pools that do not consist of multiple components and do not require any assembly are not subject to the barrier requirements. An example of such a product is a small inflatable pool that requires no assembly other than inflation.

To register your pool with your local council please follow the links below.

Register with Stonnington Council

Register with Boroondara Council

Register with Whitehorse Council

Register with Bayside Council

Register with Port Phillip Council

Register with Glen Eira Council

Christmas Holiday Period

Posted on 19 Dec 2017, 11:03 a.m. in Abercromby's, News, Property Management

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** Please note our office will be closed for business from 2.00pm Friday 22nd December 2017 and will re-open 9.00am Tuesday 2nd January 2018**

If you have any EMERGENCY maintenance issues during this time, please call the appropriate 24 hours tradesperson below. 
Please so ensure you notify us via email that you have contacted them.

Plumbing – Esteem Group ph: 1300 791 780
Electrical – Master Maintenance Property Services ph: 0488 725 566
Electrical – Esteem Group ph: 1300 791 780
Other Maintenance – Master Maintenance Property Services ph: 0488 725 566
Other Maintenance – Esteem Group ph: 1300 791 780
Flood Restoration – Flood Emergency Services ph: 0421 554 338
Flood Restoration – CBD & Mega Property Services ph: 9457 7444

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

 

 

 

November Rental Update

Posted on 14 Nov 2013, 3:47 p.m. in Abercromby's, Market Updates, Property Management

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With the sales market in full swing we have seen the rental market also hit its straps, as tenants enter the rental market in unprecedented numbers.

It has been a terrific November so far. We have already leased a number of properties priced from $1200per week through to $3000per week. Our vacancy rate continues to remain lower than average because of our strong relationships with relocation agents and our ability to place clients into executive properties off the market.

We currently have unprecedented demand for quality well located 3-5 bedroom family homes throughout Stonnington & Boroondara and we expect this to continue well into the New Year.

If you are thinking of leasing your property now is the right time to contact Myles Crowhurst on 98645353 or 0433916155 to take advantage of the influx of inquiry prior to the commencement of the new school year.

Rental Update

Posted on 19 Sep 2013, 5:25 p.m. in Abercromby's, News, Property Management

Its spring in the city, with the warmer weather bringing out the crowds!

We have seen increased numbers at our inspections which is translating into properties leasing quickly. There is currently still a shortage of larger family homes with some clients having budgets of up to $3000per week to spend. We expect this demand to continue as we head towards the end of the year.

Whilst the market continues to be strong, landlords need to consider the following point’s in today rental market:

• Be willing to negotiate rentals with tenants and meet the market. If you have been lucky enough to achieve a higher rental previously, understand the rental may not always go up with the next tenant
• Have a buffer account for renovations. Remember rental properties deteriorate over time and it’s important to freshen up your investment between tenancies.
• Hold on to good tenants by keeping rental increase to a minimum.

Should you like more information on our property management services, or if you know of anyone who may need our assistance, Myles can be reached on 98645353 or mobile: 0433916155.

Rental Market Update

Posted on 6 Mar 2013, 3:43 p.m. in Abercromby's, Market Updates, Property Management

The 2013 rental market remains tight, with Abercromby’s seeing an increased demand for large family homes within Stonnington & Boroondara.

Our vacancy rate of 2.1% remains significantly lower than the average vacancy rate of 3.6% recorded for inner Melbourne during the month of January according to REIV data.

Whilst demand is strong, we are finding that tenants are becoming increasingly particular about the condition of rental properties. By maintaining your property in good condition and attending to any outstanding repairs, you are more likely to attract a quality tenant, who pays on time and treats the property like their own.

Should you or anyone you know have a home that fits the above parameters or would like more information on our property management services please contact Myles Crowhurst on 98645353 or 0433916155.

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