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    I seem to have gone all 'health and safety' today. (See my fire safety thread http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...ead.php?t=7160 )

    There's an interesting article on LLzone about Legionnaires Disease.
    http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/Legionella.htm

    Do any agents do Legionnaires Disease risk assessments? Or any kind of risk assessment when taking on managment of a property?
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    C'mon..!! Is this just BS or should LL's take it seriously and do a risk assessment?
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    • #3
      Dont miss giving your valued opinion on this exciting issue.

      Perhaps I'll get the record for the most bumped yet unanswered forum question EVER on Landlordzone.
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      • #4
        Legionnaires Disease - Isn't that what you get when you join the French Foreign Army?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bel View Post
          I seem to have gone all 'health and safety' today. (See my fire safety thread http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...ead.php?t=7160 )

          There's an interesting article on LLzone about Legionnaires Disease.
          http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/Legionella.htm

          Do any agents do Legionnaires Disease risk assessments? Or any kind of risk assessment when taking on managment of a property?
          I have never come across ANY agent that carries out ANY form of risk assessment to a property.

          I can't see too many taking up the opportunity to test for Legionnaires Disease, Most seem to be happy if the fridge has had a quick wipe before letting.

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          • #6
            Actually, it can be a serious problem: chiefly if air-conditioning units are not properly serviced and therefore blow out bacterially/microbially-active air.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
              Actually, it can be a serious problem: chiefly if air-conditioning units are not properly serviced and therefore blow out bacterially/microbially-active air.
              Maybe, but how many rental properties have Air-Con.

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              • #8
                Think you're probably ok if you usually rent to reasonably fit & well people...

                http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/iacl27.pdf
                http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Legionn...t-happens.aspx

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bel View Post

                  Perhaps I'll get the record for the most bumped yet unanswered forum question EVER on Landlordzone.
                  Rats! Foiled again!


                  If water is stored between 20C and 50C there is more risk. As infection is usually by fine droplets, a showerhead that has not been used for sometime could be a good breeding ground for infection. So flats/houses left empty for a while could have an increased risk.

                  I think that agents should warn LLs of the risk, so that they do their own inspection, in the same way fire and furniture regs etc must be advised to all LLs.
                  Apparently a LL is legally bound by the duty of care to do a risk assessment for it...but I don't see any refs to it by agents online.

                  Once the risk assessment is done and no high risk is detected, you have done your duty. Due diligence.
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