Legionella is a pneumonia-like disease, which is commonly caused by inhalation of small droplets of contaminated water.
If you are a landlord and rent out your property then you have the legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of your tenant by keeping the property safe and free from health hazards.
In the case of legionella, landlords must assess and control the risk of exposure of tenants to legionella to ensure the safety of their tenants, but this does not require an in-depth detailed assessment.
Control measures include:
- Flushing out the water system before letting the property.
- Ensure cold-water tanks have a tight lid to stop debris getting into the system.
- Setting control parameters to ensure water is stored at the correct temperature.
- Removal of any unused pipework.
Most landlords can see to the risk themselves and do not need to be professionally trained to do so, however landlords can arrange for a competent person to carry out the assessment.
Tenants should be kept informed of any control measure and tell the landlord if problem occur with the water systems or if the water is not heating properly.
Records of the assessment should be kept and follow up checks need to be carried out periodically, such as when undertaking the annual gas safety check or routine maintenance visits.
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