LANDLORDS BE AWARE
It is a legal requirement to have a fully compliant Legionella risk assessment carried out on your rental property.
Yes, it is a legal requirement to have a fully recognised risk assessment carried out on rental properties.
They can, but they will not have a full protection policy. They may be exposed to potential litigation. It is a legal requirement for joint duty holders in the UK to protect tenants from the risk of Legionella. NLIC provide incentives to letting agents in order that they facilitate protection for the tenants and landlords. In this way letting agents should cover their costs.
Legionnaires disease is potentially lethal. When the bacteria is swallowed in low concentration, it usually passes through the system without adverse effect, but in some cases, people can have flu-like symptoms, diarrhoea and vomiting. The bacteria become highly dangerous, in higher concentrations, when airborne, and causes pneumonia and a wide range of illnesses that may be fatal. In the UK thousands of people become infected leading to amputations in some cases. There are 240 different strains of the disease.
NLIC suggests a yearly assessment provides the tenant and landlord with the appropriate protection via full protection policy. We provide full information training to letting staff and a 24-hr information line.
NLIC was formed in 2014.
The officers and staff are victims of Legionnaires disease and have worked in the letting industry for many years.
In NLIC’s opinion, this is because there are varying degrees of risk assessments being carried out and we can only comment on our services, and NLIC goes beyond HSE’s minimum requirements. See below.
- providing protection policy
- replacement water tanks in the event of a risk
- replacement showerheads in the event of a risk
- free water sampling in the event of a risk
- no additional call-out charges for reassessment
- bimonthly tenant education program
- 24 hr Landlord helpline
- COSHH records maintained for 5 years
- full admin support for letting agents
- witness support