Landlords and Legionella 

What is Legionella?

Legionnaires' disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by the inhalation of small droplets of contaminated water containing Legionella. All man-made hot and cold water systems are likely to provide an environment where Legionella can grow. Where conditions are favourable (ie suitable growth temperature range; water droplets (aerosols) produced and dispersed; water stored and/or recirculated; some 'food' for the organism to grow such as rust, sludge, scale, biofilm etc) then the bacteria may multiply thus increasing the risk of exposure.  It is a simple fact that the organism will colonise both large and small systems so both require risks to be managed effectively.


What is a landlord?

A landlord is anyone who rents out a property they own under a lease or a licence that is shorter than seven years.  Landlords' duties apply to a wide range of accommodation, occupied under a lease or a licence, which includes but not exclusively, residential premises provided for rent by:

  • local authorities

  • housing associations

  • private sector landlords

  • housing co-operatives

  • hostels


The law and you

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. 


What does a Legionella risk assessment involve?


We offer a simple step by step risk survey form which you can fill in at your own convience, once this has been completed and sent back we will provide you with a compliant risk assessment which will show that your property is at low risk and safe for tenants.


This service can be used from as little as £35 + vat  contact Us today to get ACoP L8 compliant.