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In recent times, the plight of residents suffering from damp and mould in their homes has gained significant attention, catalysed by the tragic case of Awaab Ishak. In Scotland, the issue is particularly acute due to the climate and housing conditions, raising serious concerns about tenant health and safety.

Claire Campbell, Partner, has been at the forefront of addressing this issue, emphasising the need for legislative action. Her insights reveal that while damp and mould are exacerbated in winter, the responsibility often falls unfairly on tenants. This misattribution overlooks the fundamental duty of landlords to provide safe, habitable living conditions.

Claire highlights the physical and mental health risks associated with exposure to mould, reinforcing the urgency of her call for action. Her advocacy extends beyond raising awareness, as she actively represents those affected by these conditions.

Notably, progress has been made in other parts of the UK, such as the passing of the Social Housing (Regulation) Act 2023 in Westminster. This act sets a precedent for addressing tenant grievances and enforcing landlord accountability.

However, Scotland lags in this area, with no equivalent legislation in place. Claire's article is a call for the Scottish Government to enact similar measures, ensuring the health and well-being of its residents. Her expertise and passion make a compelling case for immediate action against this pressing issue.

If your landlord has ignored your complaints about damp and mould and you have developed symptoms Talk to Thompsons. For further information on how we can help you click here.

For a detailed understanding of this critical subject, Claire Campbell's article in The Scotsman provides an in-depth perspective. Read the full article here.

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