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For a landlord, home ventilation is about dollars and sense

Around one in four New Zealand households are renting their home from a private landlord. For these families, adequate home ventilation isn’t a matter of booking an appointment with a house ventilation company. They need to persuade their landlord to make the call.

So why would a private landlord spend money on installing a house ventilation system? Here are two reasons that make sound business sense.
Landlords run their properties as a business. The house is an investment and it has certain running costs. Only the most neglectful property owner would ignore the need to repaint regularly, keep the gutters clear and run up avoidable bills caused by poor maintenance. So why do so many landlords ignore the expenses generated by moisture inside the home?

1. A dry house needs less maintenance

Damp New Zealand conditions inside poorly ventilated houses cause a regular build-up of mould. Even if this is scrubbed away it will return with a vengeance, and keep on returning as long as the house remains damp. Walls will need to be repainted more regularly, curtains will need replacing, and there can even be problems with rotten joinery if condensation keeps building up inside windows.

The result is a much higher maintenance budget over the medium term. Simply replacing a set of curtains costs around $400. If they keep being destroyed by mould and rot, it’s an expense the landlord will need to foot over and over again.

Spending a few thousand dollars on a modern house ventilation system will involve an initial investment up front. However, the landlord will reap the benefit for years to come, as dampness disappears and fittings last much longer.
A house that’s damp may look good from the outside, and be attractive to renters during summer. But once they’ve lived through a wet, unhealthy winter, they may well be on the lookout for somewhere less mouldy. In addition, many people are aware of the risk from allergens in the home, and they won’t stay long in a house that triggers asthma or hay fever.

2. Happy tenants don’t move out

The result? A revolving door rental, with tenants constantly moving in and out. Not only does this chew up time and effort, but there’s also the increased risk of vacancy periods. Every week a property is ‘between tenants’ represents a loss of income adding up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

For landlord with older properties in their portfolio, adequate house ventilation isn’t just a ‘nice to have.’ A dry home is more attractive to tenants, and will cost less to maintain over the long term. It’s simply a matter of dollars and sense.