The legal requirement to control the risk of Legionella applies to all landlords or, indeed, anyone renting out accommodation. However, this fact is not universally known or understood in the rental housing
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) states in its guidance on the control of Legionella that the dutyholder (i.e. the landlord) needs to “appoint a competent person with sufficient authority and knowledge
The BBC1 series ‘The Week the Landlords Moved In’ makes interesting viewing. Each week it follows two different landlords as they move into one of their rental properties and live as their tenants live,
The rented housing market has been subject to considerable scrutiny in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster, with much media analysis of the landlord and tenant relationship. It appears that tenants’
Legionella risk assessments tend to focus on the indoor water supply in a property, since that is where the majority of the water outlets are to be found, but it’s worth bearing in mind that there are
One of the most important aspects of Legionella risk control is timeliness. As with any risk management programme, there is often an optimum timeframe for many of the tasks involved: leave it too long
We recently came across a slightly bizarre but interesting piece of work by scientists studying Legionella: a poem entitled The Summer of Seventy-Six. Written with the intention of enhancing young scientists’
Doing a Legionella risk assessment for a rental property is an important legal requirement and part of landlords’ health and safety responsibilities towards their tenants. However, it is an area which
Following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Melbourne, Australia, with six cases now diagnosed, the race is on to find the source of the infection. Attention is focused on the cooling towers of nearly
As a landlord you may be feeling confused about your responsibilities regarding Legionella control; in our experience, many rental property owners are either unaware of the legal requirements, or are confused
Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by inhalation of tiny droplets of water contaminated with Legionella bacteria. Legionella can lurk in hot and cold water systems so, along with gas safety, electrical safety and fire risk management, the law now requires landlords to assess and manage water safety in their properties.
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