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I have been told by my agent I should be arranging this before renting out again. I have no real issue with it but just wondered whether it is a mandatory thing or just desirable. I am likely to just go for it (I've done everything else) but was just curious. The house is detached but has nothing unusual about the water supply to my knowledge. I suppose it will stop some unscrupulous tenant clutching their throat as though they have been poisoned in due course from contaminated water and for this reason it will be worth it. Just wondering how often it will be necessary to have it done and what I should be aware of (if anything). Hope this is not a dumb query.
These threads will assist:Legionella compliance for landlords - the truth! Is a legionella risk assessment required ? Letting agent requesting Legionella test?!
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Thanks Vanessa, just realised I should have searched first. I was just in the process of doing. But thank you anyhow I will check them out.
With all due respect to David Smith, he is wrong on Legionella !
See House of Commons Briefing paper 07307 Smoke Alarms, Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Legionella : Landlords Responsibilities.
David says 'trivial' - whilst RLA sell courses at £200 a time ?
Health and Safety at Work Act says, where there's a risk, a competent person must carry out a risk assessment. HSE say, leaving a property - water supply stagnant for a week or more is a risk ( stagnant water can breed legionella ) The risk mitigation for legionella, if you know it, is really really simple - for example, after a week absence, just flush the pipe.
I know 'where of I speak', as I deliver landlord and Agent training courses to comply with their responsibilities. LandlordsMasterclass.com ( and Yes, an increasing number of Agents are asking for a Legionella Risk Assessment, or declaration absolving them from liability.
Thank you Chris. Must admit I am a bit confused as to next steps now but grateful for your advice nevertheless. Interestingly my agent who advised me to have a professional test done by an independent said it was a one off requirement which seems very inaccurate now. Is it just a case of flushing the system if it has been left unoccupied and checking cold is cold and hot is hot in a nutshell and shower heads are disinfected ( I have replaced mine). I've not studied the check list I downloaded yet but if I follow this to the letter should I be ok?
Ps I have taken a quick look at the info you refer to but will print off and study.
The steps to assess the risk in a residential property aren't complex ( but like anything, nothing is when you KNOW ) Provided you have some knowledge, and therefore competence, a landlord / Agent could carry out a Risk Assessment.
It should be updated whenever there are chages, i.e in tenancy, or alterations to the plumbing system.
If you were 'cooking up Legionella bacteria' - not that you'd want to !, the "ingredients " would be ; stagnant water, at the wrong temperature [ Cold water above 20 degrees and hot water below 45 degrees ] and nutrients - in other words, dirt, limescale, rust etc
A landlord is under an obligation ( see HSE Code of Practice L8 ) to provide a tenant with information on how the risk is managed. See the " Information For Tenants " that you can download from https://www.LandlordsMasterclass.com
This will go some way towards complying with your responsibilities. There is much ignorance about Legionella, especially in regard to residential premises, and to be fair, its Not easily explained or found in the Code of Practice L8 - you've got to work hard to find, decipher and cross reference to get all the information.
Hi Chris I think the link is broken?
No, the link works, on front page " Information for Tenants "
Don't pay for a one off sample for legionella, it is meaningless and not required on a simple domestic system.
A simple risk assessment is required which should basically be assessing:
Is the hot water hot >50
Is the cold water cold <20
Is the water being turned over - no stagnation
In most cases no further action will be required assuming the property water system is in regular use.
Do you need to do this if you have a combi boiler