In short, my question is: Are tenants liable for any mould damage to the house?
The reason I ask is because I am currently renting (along with six others) student accommodation, and the letting agency have send a number of emails recently to warn us about mould and to tell us about the way to reduce it - fair enough, no one wants mould!
However, in these emails they say that we will be held responsible for any damage from mould and will subsequently have funds removed from our deposit.
I have two issues. Firstly, I am unsure that tenants are legally responsible for mould, since it is fundamentally down to the house and the lack of ventilation systems (I know for a fact that for little over £1000 systems can be installed in the loft that will near enough guarantee mould prevention throughout the house - my uncle works in the industry). So can someone let me know this, citing any government statements if possible.
Secondly, and quite an off-topic issue, are landlords even allowed to take money from the deposit without the tenants permission?