The law has changed recently and now requires landlords to undertake an assessment on their residential properties to identify the risk of legionella.
What is legionella?
Legionella is a bacteria which lives in water systems like water tanks, air conditioning units and humidifiers. When breathed in, water droplets containing the bacteria can cause Legionnaires’ Disease.
What do landlords need to do?
The new legislation states that landlords need to have a “competent person” undertake a risk assessment and identify if there are areas in which water could lie for long periods of time (the main risk factor for growth of the bacteria).
What happens if a landlord fails to address this issue?
There are fines for landlords who don’t comply with the regulations. Legionnaires’ Disease can be fatal, and landlords have a legal obligation to ensure that their tenants and others visiting the property are protected.
Where can landlords get further advice?
Call us for a free consultation. We are qualified to provide Risk Assesments for Legionella and will do so at the best prices.