Legionella and landlords’ responsibilities

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by the inhalation of small droplets of contaminated water containing Legionella.

The law is clear that if you are a landlord and rent out your property (or even a room within your own  home) then you have legal responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of your tenant by keeping the  property safe and free from health hazards.

The practical and proportionate application of health and safety law to landlords of domestic rental  properties is that whilst there is a duty to assess the risk from exposure to Legionella to ensure the safety of  their tenants, this does not require an in-depth, detailed assessment. A simple assessment may show that  there are no real risks and are being properly managed and no further action is needed.  It is important to  review the assessment in case anything changes in the system.

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