Are you legionella compliant?

For the most part, landlords have the legal responsibility of ensuring that their buildings are L8 legionella compliant, unless it is specified in their contract with their management or letting agent that the responsibility of maintenance and safety – including legionella compliance – falls to the agent. This is because, without this responsibility being specifically allocated, whoever controls the building is responsible. With Tennens Properties Ltd, the landlord is the duty holder with the legal duty of maintaining legionella compliance.

As a landlord, it is vital that you are aware of what this involves and are taking all the necessary steps, particularly as properties which are rented out have an increased risk of legionella due to lying empty over periods of time.

All water systems, hot and cold, must be assessed, bearing in mind the conditions needed for bacteria to multiply, the vulnerability of anyone staying or visiting the property to infection in terms of both particular susceptibility and risk of exposure, ways in which breathable droplets of water might be formed and dispersed, the source of the water, and possible sources of contamination, amongst other factors. It is important to assess, manage, control and maintain.

With non-compliance putting lives at risk, classed as negligence and bearing the possible penalties of a fine or prison sentence, it is absolutely crucial that you thoroughly understand what you are required to do, and how, in order to maintain legionella compliance, and the safety of your tenants and yourself. If you want to know more about what your responsibilities are regarding legionella compliance, contact us today.