🙋 Landlord’s Question:
I’ve just been talking to another landlord and he asked who I use to carry out my Legionella certification? Surely he’s mistaken, this isn’t a legal requirement for landlords? If it is, why hasn’t it been all over the press.
Yes, this is a legal requirement, it started to apply for normal domestic properties in 2013. Guidelines state that the risk assessment must be carried out by a competent person, so there is no reason why you as that person cannot complete this yourself.
Review the risk assessment regularly as a matter of course and update it, should things change.
Simple control measures can help control the risk of exposure to legionella such as:
- flushing out the system prior to letting the property
- Cold water tanks should have tight fitting lids thus avoiding debris getting into the system
- setting control parameters to ensure water is stored at 60°C)
- make sure any redundant pipework is removed
Why not send your tenants regular do’s and don’ts information sheets on the control of legionella, get them involved.
- do clean shower heads on a regular basis
- do inform the landlord if the hot water is not heating correctly
- don’t adjust temperature control settings of the calorifier
- do run taps and shower heads if you leave the property empty more than a few weeks
To read more HSE guidlines click http://www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/legionella-landlords-responsibilities.htm
Until next week.
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