A new legislation issued by the Health and Safety Executive in respect of Legionnaires disease. This legislation requires that all rented property is compliant and a legionella risk assessment undertaken.
This is a new legal requirement under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 concerning the risk from exposure to Legionella and compliance with the relevant parts of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. This has now been extended to include rental properties. All Landlords have a legal obligation to comply with current legislation including carrying out Legionella Risk Assessments, just like gas and electrical safety checks to ensure the safety of your tenant, occupiers, contractors and staff who visit the property on a regular basis i.e.: doing inspections.
The fines being imposed for non-compliance can amount to as high as £20,000 for each offence and potentially a criminal record. We are also aware that organizations such as Shelter and Help the Aged are paying particular attention to this law to protect tenants’ rights in this area.
It is important that matters relating to tenant’s health and safety are not overlooked. You may find that your Landlord’s insurance now expresses a requirement for this and that effective control measures need to be in place.
If you’d like to discuss this, please feel free to contact Ella Fletcher on 01992 785 000, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.