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Important information for landlords

Legionella Risk Assessments – Shared premises and residential accommodation

The Health & Safety guidance document and Approved Code of Practice L8 HSG274 “Legionnaires disease – The control of legionella bacteria in water systems – Part 2” includes a specific section for landlords:

“Shared premises and residential accommodation: Landlords (Pages 45 – 47)”

2.138     Landlords who provide residential accommodation, as the person in control of the premises or responsible for the water systems in their premises, have a legal duty to ensure the risk of exposure of tenants to legionella is properly assessed and controlled…

2.139     Where a managing (or letting) agent is used, the management contract should clearly specify who has responsibility for maintenance checks, including managing the risk of legionella…

What do your duties require you to do to comply with the Law?

Legionella bacteria can multiply in hot or cold water systems and storage tanks in residential properties, and then be spread, e.g in spray from showers and taps. Although the generally high throughput and relatively low volume of water held in smaller water systems reduces the likelihood of the bacteria reaching dangerous concentrations, you must still carry out a risk assessment to identify and assess potential sources of exposure. You must then introduce a course of action to prevent or control the risk.