OVER 1,600 complaints have been made about mould and damp in Fife Council properties since 2021.

The data, from LegalExpert.co.uk, say a total of £386,410 has been spent on tackling the issues while a further 92 complaints were made in regard to housing disrepair.

Fife Council's head of housing, John Mills said the combination of cost of living crisis and the high cost of fuel can make it difficult for tenants to live comfortably in warm, dry homes.

“Since 2021 we have dealt with over 1,600 complaints from tenants. We understand the challenges and we are continuing to support tenants experiencing problems with condensation and damp," he said.

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"A dedicated team is dealing with referrals and assessing properties to identify issues in individual homes. This includes repairs to roughcast, roofs where water ingress is the primary concern, and heating and ventilation improvements where the internal conditions to the property is resulting in condensation.

“Advice, guidance and support is also provided to the tenants and where fuel poverty is a concern, additional financial and practical support is provided through Scottish Government and Fife Council funded packages.

“Anyone struggling to heat their home should let us know as soon as possible so that we can help with support and advice.”

LegalExpert.co.uk offers a specialist service for anyone looking for support and advice after being affected by damp, mould or housing disrepair. They operate a 24-hour helpline and live chat service which can be accessed through their website.