Legionella & The Landlord's Responsibilities

You may not be aware that there is a legal requirement for landlords and managing agents to ensure that the tenants risk from exposure to Legionella from water systems n residential rental property is safely controlled

In case you're not fully acquainted, Legionnaire's disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia that particularly affects people already more at risk due to age, illness or immunosuppression. It can also cause less serious illnesses. The bacterium Legionella Pneumophila, which is often present in natural sources of water, can multiply to harmful levels in man-made water systems so its important to assess the risk of Legionnaires' before letting property.

Where a property is under management by a professional agent, then the agent may have responsibility for meeting these legal requirements. However, where landlords are managing ​the property him or herself, then the landlords takes on that responsibility along with all the other legal requirements such as annual gas checks etc.

Contracts between landlords and letting agents/management companies vary so it is best to check who is responsible and ensure something has been put in place to meet this legal obligation.

It therefore makes common sense to choose a specialist like ourselves to carry out the Legionella risk assessment on your behalf.

We are certified to carry out risk assessments, produce a report and to identify any possible risks that may need addressing. Furthermore, as specialist in the maintenance and repair of domestic water and heating systems, we are able to carry out any work on your behalf at a preferential rate.

A risk assessment involves the following:

  • ​Full inspection of the property's heating and hot water system
  • Testing of water outlet temperatures
  • Inspection of cold water storage tanks
  • Testing of hot water temperatures
  • Identification of little used outlets
  • Identification of redundant pipework or 'dead legs'
  • Inspection of shower heads and hoses
  • Full written report with recommendations (if any are found)
  • Advise to tenants/occupants regarding minimizing risks
  • Assessment review sheets for landlord/letting agents

In most instances, the assessment will show that there are low or insignificant risk levels meaning a very quick and simple annual review will be all that is necessary.

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For further information on pricing or to book a Legionella Risk Assessment please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your requirements, 

Please call us today using the telephone number at the top of this page or alternatively, please complete the form on our contact us page and a member of our friendly team will be happy to respond to your query.

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