Rising damp: Mould, damp and condensation cases at NI Housing Executive properties soar in four years

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The number of cases of damp, mould and condensation in Housing Executive properties across Northern Ireland has soared in the past four years, new figures show.

Across Northern Ireland, there were 17,198 reports made in the 2023/24 financial year - compared to 7,776 in 2020/21.

The figures were released by Communities Minister Gordon Lyons, following a written question from Strangford MLA Kellie Armstrong.

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The Minister provided a detailed breakdown of damp reports across each of Northern Ireland's 11 council areas for the last five years, beginning in 2019/20.

Across Northern Ireland, there were more than half-a-million repair requests lodged with the Housing Executive within the last year, Mr Lyons said.

Responding to Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong's query, the Minister said: "This issue is an operational matter for the Housing Executive.

"I have sought the requested information from the Chief Executive, who has advised me as follows: 'Across NIHE’s 83,000 homes, within the last financial year (1/4/23 – 31/3/24) NIHE has received around 556,000 repair requests of which 17,198 mentioned issues with condensation or damp. This represents 3.1% of all repair requests.'

A table published on the Assembly website showed the number of damp, mould and condensation reports in the past five years as follows:

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey
    2019/20 820
    2020/21 640
    2021/22 860
    2022/23 1,088
    2023/24 1,242

  • Ards and North Down
    2019/20 827
    2020/21 622
    2021/22 790
    2022/23 924
    2023/24 1,078

  • Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon
    2019/20 956
    2020/21 718
    2021/22 894
    2022/23 1,132
    2023/24 1,652

  • Belfast
    2019/20 2,915
    2020/21 2,496
    2021/22 2,731
    2022/23 3,481
    2023/24 4,776

  • Causeway Coast and Glens
    2019/20 744
    2020/21 566
    2021/22 790
    2022/23 964
    2023/24 1,307

  • Derry City and Strabane
    2019/20 1,043
    2020/21 462
    2021/22 1,140
    2022/23 1,479
    2023/24 1,550

  • Fermanagh and Omagh
    2019/20 353
    2020/21 266
    2021/22 367
    2022/23 500
    2023/24 679

  • Lisburn and Castlereagh
    2019/20 590
    2020/21 522
    2021/22 558
    2022/23 703
    2023/24 1,225

  • Mid and East Antrim
    2019/20 756
    2020/21 625
    2021/22 805
    2022/23 1,242
    2023/24 1,791

  • Mid Ulster
    2019/20 358
    2020/21 265
    2021/22 368
    2022/23 428
    2023/24 484

  • Newry Mourne and Down
    2019/20 779
    2020/21 594
    2021/22 773
    2022/23 976
    2023/24 1,414

  • Northern Ireland
    2019/20 10,141
    2020/21 7,776
    2021/22 10,076
    2022/23 12,917
    2023/24 17,198

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