We offer a complete package for our Landlords
- Legionella Risk Assessments
- Landlords Gas Safety Certificates
- PAT Testing
- Energy Performance Certificates
Did you know Legionella Risk Assessments are required on all domestic dwellings which are rented out to a tenant . Health and safety legislation requires that landlord’s carry out a Risk Assessment for the Legionella bacteria which cause the potentially fatal Legionnaires’ disease at a minimum of every 2 years on any property that they rent out.
- What is Legionnaires Disease?
Legionnaires Disease is a pneumonia like illness caused by the Legionella bacteria and can be fatal in up to 1 in 3 cases. The infection is caused by breathing in airborne droplets of contaminated water from showers, whirlpool spas, water spray, cooling towers, etc. Legionella bacteria are found in the natural environment and may contaminate and grow in water systems such as hot and cold water systems, showerheads and cold water tanks.
- The Legal Bit?
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 landlords have a legal responsibility to protect and manage risk associated with the Legionella Bacteria. This is detailed in the Approved Code of Practise (ACOP) L8 Legionella: Principles of Control and the Technical Guidance (HSG 274) Part 2 : The Control of Legionella Disease in hot and cold water systems. Landlords who follow this guidance should be doing enough to comply with the law, remember ignorance is no defence in law – don’t get caught out! The consequences can be serious, heavy fines or even imprisonment.
- What does the landlord need to do?
As the person controlling premises you need to decide what water installations or systems on the premises may give rise to a risk of Legionella. To carry out the risk assessment you must be competent and have knowledge in this area. All our engineers are BPEC Qualified in Legionella Risk and Assessment and Disinfection and Stroma certified to undertake a site survey and risk assessment to determine the risks posed to tenants / visitors to the property from its water system to ensure you comply with ACOP L8 and HSG 274. The results are then detailed in a report showing the risk level of the property concerned. These findings are supported by photographic evidence and system schematics as required by L8. Where necessary any remedial work required to lower the risk will be detailed on the assessment prices start from £65 plus VAT
Did you know Gas Safety
If you let a property equipped with gas appliances you have three main responsibilities:
- Maintenance: pipework, appliances and flues must be maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If these are not available it is recommended that they are serviced annually unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
- Gas safety checks: a 12 monthly gas safety check must be carried out on every gas appliance/flue. A gas safety check will make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use.
- Record: a record of the annual gas safety check must be provided to your tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or to new tenants before they move in. Landlords must keep copies of the gas safety record for two years.
All installation, maintenance and safety checks need to be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer
If a tenant has their own gas appliance that you have not provided, then you are responsible for the maintenance of the gas pipe work but not for the actual appliance.
You should also make sure your tenants know where to turn off the gas and what to do in the event of a gas emergency.
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