Landlords Legionella

iStock_000012142364SmallHave you fulfilled your legal duty to ensure that the risk of exposure of tenants to legionella is assessed and controlled?

Landlords who provide residential accommodation, as the person responsible for the water systems in their premises, have a legal duty to ensure that the risk of exposure of tenants to legionella is properly assessed and controlled. Where landlords have a large number of units a representative proportion of the premises should initially be assessed, on the basis of similar design, size, age and water supply, with the entire estate eventually assessed on a rolling programme of work. All water systems require a risk assessment but not all systems require elaborate control measures. A risk assessment may show that there are no real risks from legionella, but if there are, implementing appropriate measures will prevent or control these risks. The law requires simple, proportionate and practical actions to be taken, including identifying and assessing sources of risk, managing the risk, preventing or controlling the risk; and periodically checking that any control measures are effective.

What does a landlord need to do?

  • Conduct a survey of the water systems in your property and document a Legionella Risk Assessment and legionella management strategyLandlord-Information-2014-3
  • Take action to ensure that the risk of exposure to legionella is properly controlled.
  • Inform your tenants of the potential risk of exposure to legionella and its consequences.

Second Element can achieve compliance for you from £75.00 + V.A.T

Contact Second Element and we will ensure your compliance with legal requirements.

What should a managing agent do? Advise your clients that landlords who provide residential accommodation now have a legal duty to ensure that the risk of exposure of tenants to legionella is properly assessed and controlled. Ensure that the management contract clearly specifies who has responsibility for maintenance and safety checks, including managing the risk from legionella. Contact Second Element and we will ensure your compliance with legal requirements. For further information and a copy of the full HSE guidance:  www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg274part2.pdf Out Residential Services include:

  • Legionella Risk Assessment
  • Legionella Control Strategy
  • Qualified Plumbing Services
  • Portfolio Prioritisation
  • Void Management
  • Tenant Meetings
  • Legionella Training

What our clients say:

    • Legionella Control in Action: Purchasing Officer – Local Authority
    • We confirm that Second Element is trusted with our legionella control at over 1000 properties. We have chosen to work with Second Element year on year for seven consecutive years.

       

    • Legionella Control in Action: Water Management Team Leader – Local Authority
    • Our relationship with Second Element started a number of years ago after we tragically suffered a fatality at one of our premises; following a court case that required us to improve our legionella control systems, Second Element was appointed as our Legionella Consultant. Our specification to implement our legionella control regime to the highest standard, and the financial regulations’ requirements,  mean that we are required to continually test the market place for quality and value; we believe that Second Element are the best choice for peace of mind and quality