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    Legionella Risk assessment

    I am being advised by our letting agent that it is now a legal requirement ( as per gas safety certificate) to have all rental properties assesses for Legionella disease.
    Is this true?

    thanks in advance
    Ivan Melbourne
    ( new to letting)

    #2
    From a quick look at the HSE website, it looks like it is necessary to do a risk assessment, but you can do that yourself.

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      #3
      Are you supplying a hot tub or similar in this property? If not don't worry too much.



      Freedom at the point of zero............

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        #4
        From http://www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/what-you-must-do.htm

        If you are an employer, or someone in control of premises, including landlords, you must understand the health risks associated with legionella.

        Carrying out a risk assessment is your responsibility. You may be competent to carry out the assessment yourself

        If you decide that the risks are insignificant and are being properly managed to comply with the law, your assessment is complete.

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          #5
          Ivan: Is your letting agent by any chance offering to do this for for £££££??
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            I think it's part of the Housing Health And Safety Rating System. I do risk assessments based on the 29 hazards identified and you just need to do a paper exercise based on the conditions in the property. Main risks are standing water in capped off pipe or thermistor valves as the temperature is right for bacteria growth etc. Control measures are things like let the water in the shower run for a while before using it if it hasn't been used for a few days etc. all the info needed for a decent risk assessment is on the internet. I've seen agents charge £80 for a legionaries assessment.

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              #7
              Yes , they are. My concern is it now law that the risk assessment is carried out ?

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                #8
                Originally posted by Ivan Melbourne View Post
                Yes , they are. My concern is it now law that the risk assessment is carried out ?
                Erm; chapter and verse on this was quoted in post #4

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                  #9
                  Here is another quote from that site:

                  There is a reasonably foreseeable legionella risk if your water system:

                  has a water temperature between 20–45 °C
                  creates and/or spreads breathable droplets, e.g. aerosol created by a cooling tower, or water outlets
                  stores and/or re-circulates water
                  likely to contain a source of food for the organism, e.g. presence of sludge, scale or fouling


                  As I understand it modern hot and cold water systems using combi-boilers do not store or re-circulate water so there isn't "a reasonably foreseeable legionella risk" in such a case.

                  On the otherhand my flat has been above 20C for weeks, has a shower, has a water tank with an immersion heater, and gets a lot of limescale

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