Legionella Assessment in Domestic Dwellings

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4th Jul 2018

There is no legal requirement for owner/occupiers of residential dwellings to conduct a risk assessment of the domestic water services in their own property, but HSG274 part 2 requires landlords to comply.

Residential accommodation:Landlords 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 that the risk of exposure of tenants to legionella is properly assessed and controlled. The duty extends to residents, guests, tenants and customers. They can carry out a risk assessment themselves, if they are competent and can demostrate this, or employ somebody who is. 2.139 Where a managing or letting agent is used, the management contract should clearly specify who has responsibility for maintenance and safety checks, including managing the risk from Legionella. Where there is no contract or agreement in place or it does not specify who has resonsibility, the duty is placed on whoever has control of the premises and the water systems in it and in most cases, this will be the landlords themselves.

Who is be required to have a legionella risk assessment carried out: Hotels, bed and breakfast providers, AirBnB for example, landlords - short term and longterm lettings, properties with communal water supplies, nursing homes, retirement homes, places of employment, communal meeting places, garden centres, holiday parks, anywhere where there is a water feature ie. fountain, this list is not exhaustive.

Be compliant and phone us to arrange a Legionella Risk Assessment