A property management firm is warning letting agents and landlords to fulfil their responsibilities to protect tenants from Legionnaires’ disease.
Despite laws stating all landlords and lettings agents in control of private rented properties should ensure tenants aren’t at the risk of contracting the potentially fatal illness, property management company Ross & Liddell claims many do not test for signs of the disease.
“Risk assessments of water systems within properties should be carried out regularly in order to reduce the risk tenants contracting the disease from water-borne infections. By conducting a risk assessment, landlords will be able to identify areas where conditions could be right for bacteria to flourish” says the firm's lettings manager Ann McMaster.
Under the Health and Safety Executive’s approved code of practice agents and landlords are required to carry out a risk assessment to identify and assess potential sources of exposure and, if a risk is identified, introduce a course of action to prevent or control it.
An agent or landlord can carry out a risk assessment at their own property to identify whether the conditions are right for bacteria to flourish; the code can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l8.pdf and www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires.