The recent prosecution of Bupa Care Homes over the death of an 86-year-old resident from Legionnaires’ disease highlighted significant failings in the management of water hygiene at the Hutton Village
Friday 19th January 2018 could be an important day for landlords and tenants as it marks the second reading of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill in the House
Landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) need to act now in preparation for the new energy efficiency standards due to come into force on 1 April 2018. Since the Green Deal effectively came to an end
Health and safety legislation requires everyone who rents out property (even if it’s just a room in your house) to undertake a risk assessment for Legionella. Legionella is a waterborne bacteria which
A diagnosis of Legionnaires’ disease is a serious matter, particularly for the victim. While most people recover from the infection, in a significant proportion of cases it can prove fatal. Whatever the
There have been several high profile prosecutions for breaches of Legionella control law recently, with significant fines handed down by the courts. In every case, lack of adequate training has been one
In our experience, the level of knowledge among landlords of their legal responsibilities regarding Legionella control is worryingly low. We’re not about to indulge in scaremongering but Legionella can
What is a landlord? This may seem like a silly question, but when it comes to the control of Legionella and a landlord’s legal obligations, the term landlord is actually broader than you might think.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) stipulates in its Approved Code of Practice (ACoP L8) on the control of Legionella in water systems that the duty holder (usually the landlord) must “appoint a competent
With the Daily Mail recently reporting soaring numbers of older people living in rented accommodation, it’s worth considering the level of risk presented by the type of tenants you have in your property
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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