Legislation on Control of Legionnaires’ Disease
Landlords who provide residential accommodation have a legal duty to ensure the risk of exposure of tenants to legionella is assessed and controlled. However, in most residential properties where smaller domestic-type water systems are installed and there is regular water usage, a simple risk assessment may show that there are no real risks from Legionella.
What is Legionnaires’ Disease?
Legionnaires' Disease is a pneumonia like illness caused by the Legionella bacteria and can be fatal. The infection is caused by breathing in small droplets of water contaminated by the bacteria. The disease cannot be passed from one person to another.
Legionella bacteria are found in the natural environment and may contaminate and grow in water systems, including domestic hot and cold water systems. They survive low temperatures and thrive at temperatures between 20 - 45°C if the conditions are right. They are killed by high temperatures at 60°C or above.
Our Management Department have been looking at various companies to carry out the risk assessment over the last few months and will commence the testing at the beginning of next month.
As the testing is compulsory, we will be deducting the monies for the test certificates from the rental monies.
For further information, please contact Property Management +44 (0) 20 3367 2126