Caravans and Mould

Winter 2017

Like most dwellings big or small, caravans are susceptible to the problem of mould.

Mould is a recurrent cause for complaints received by the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA).

For the most part, there is no hard and fast rule to establish the cause of mould, but rather some common sense approaches for tenants and property managers/owners to apply.

In the close confines of a caravan it stands to reason that there may be a case for mould – especially in periods of wet weather, and more particularly so if there is a lack of ventilation.

When mould spores are present in large quantities they can create a health hazard to humans potentially causing allergic reactions and respiratory problems.

If a caravan is damaged, there’s ample opportunity for water to enter and cause a mould problem.

If mould is a problem in a caravan, the RTA recommends the park manager/owner and tenants enter into discussions to manage and treat the cause.

The Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 doesn’t make specific reference to mould, it does however refer to the general standard of the property at the start and end of a tenancy, and how it should be maintained.

If there is a dispute over the cause of mould, the RTA can help, or refer the matter on to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).

More information about tenancy responsibilities is available by contacting the RTA direct on 1300 366 311.

The RTA is the Queensland Government statutory authority that administers the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008. They provide tenancy information, bond management, dispute resolution, investigation, and policy and education services.