Legionella checks - are you complying?


Legionella Checks and you:

Every landlord has a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their tenants, by keeping the property free from health hazards. One of the most important measures, which is often overlooked is the threat from Legionella.

What is Legionella?

Legionella is a bacterium that can form in any body of water, given the right environmental conditions. When given the right temperature range, and a source of food, the bacteria can quickly colonise in large numbers, presenting a risk of infection to anyone who comes into contact with it. All man-made hot and cold water systems are likely to provide an environment where Legionella can grow, and risks are heightened where properties are left vacant for a period of time.

Legionnaire’s Disease

Legionnaire’s disease is the infection caused by Legionella. It is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia, which can be caught by inhaling an aerosol such as water droplets from taps, showers, or hot tubs. If a tenant were to contract Legionnaires’ disease from the water system in their home, the landlord may be liable to prosecution under HSWA, and would have to demonstrate to a court that they had fulfilled their legal duty, so it is important that they assess and control the risks.

What do I need to do?

Whilst the landlord has a legal obligation to assess the risk from Legionella, the law is clear that an in-depth assessment is not usually required. We are now able to offer a full risk assessment for only £55+VAT, and would be happy to undertake the work on your behalf. However, if you would prefer to do the work yourself we will be asking landlords to provide a written risk assessment, as this is considered best practice under our obligations as your agent.

Contact us today on 0115 945 5179 to see how we can help you.

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