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I’m planning to rent out my property, do I need to provide a legionella risk assessment?

Today, landlords are required to provide a complete the legionella risk assessment. Back in the system health and safety sectors only considered commercial premises to comply a legionella risk assessment. However, in 2012 a legislative order that includes residential lettings to have the legionella risk assessment is approved.

 

Legionnaires’ is similar to pneumonia, it’s an infectious disease caused by a legionella bacterium. Such bacteria are usually seen in lakes and rivers including water systems. One factor that can put risk to residential property is because of hot water systems, the temperature of the water influences the bacteria to grow and multiply infecting portions of the water system and is used as water consumption in tenants. It can also lodge in showers, toilet cisterns, taps, unused pipe work and hot and cold water tanks. It can infect humans by inhaling water vapor from an infected hot shower.

It is necessary to carry out a legionella risk assessment to know any possible dangers caused by the bacteria and to plan remedial actions if necessary. Landlords must comply the legionella risk assessment and should follow the ACOP L8 Code of Practice to ensure that the property is protected from health risks caused by the bacteria.

You can consult an estate agent to handle the Risk Assessment for you, you may contact the Property Manager at The Marble Property Group and we will settle everything for you. The Marble Property Group contractors will examine every water system making sure they are clean and safe to use, and to conduct water sampling to ensure that it is negative from the bacteria.