Following a recent ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) conference, we have been advising our Landlords to have a Legionella Risk Assessment.
ARLA were expressing concern that most landlords do not have a Legionella Risk Assessment despite this being a legal requirement.
ARLA have instructed their members that we should be routinely carrying out risk assessments and they should be done whether it is felt it is required or not. If the property is low risk, then you may not wish to have one done again.
The law is clear that if you are a landlord in control of residential let property, then you have legal responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of tenants by keeping the property safe and free from health hazards, including that of legionella bacteria.
Health and Safety Executive guidance clearly states:
“Landlords who provide residential accommodation, as the person in control of the premises, have a legal duty to ensure the risk of exposure of tenants to legionella is properly assessed and controlled.”
“They also either need to understand or appoint somebody competent who knows how to identify and assess sources of risk and prevent and control any risks.”
Please note, a local Derby landlord was sued by a tenant as they contracted legionella and the landlord had to pay a £29,500 compensation claim.
Most Risk Assessors charge upwards of £100 for a risk assessment but we have found a local Assessor who will carry out an assessment for £66 including VAT.
If you would like further information on this aspect, please do not hesitate to contact Tracey Glenn, Lettings Manager on 01332 384438