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Legionnaires' disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia that particularly affects people already more at risk due to age, illness or immunosuppression. It can also cause less serious illnesses. The bacterium Legionella Pneumophila, which is often present in natural sources of water, can multiply to harmful levels in manmade water systems so it's important to assess the risk of Legionnaires' before letting property, or if currently let having an assessment carried out.

It The law has not changed - the simple fact is that landlords who provide residential accommodation have a legal duty to ensure the risk of exposure of tenants to legionella is assessed and controlled.

This may be carried out as part of a mandatory visit such as gas safety checks or as routine planned maintenance.

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Our advice is simple. Landlords must have a risk assessment carried out which determines the risk factor of the property:

  • high
  • low
  • no further action required

Where a risk is found, the type of action necessary will follow on from the nature of the risk but will normally only require simple control measures, outlined in the guidance given by the engineer undertaking the assessment.

For agents, it's important to remember that there's been no change in law but it is sensible to remind your landlord clients of their legal obligations and signpost to advice and or services. If you do offer a risk assessment service but your landlord client declines this, then it may also be wise to get written confirmation that they intend to deal with the issue themselves.

Finally, are you about to carry out maintenance to or renovation of old systems or units that have been vacant for some time.

If you have any questions, or suspect that any gas appliance isn't working correctly, call us 24 hours on 01206 581 471.

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