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Landlord Legionella Risk Assessment

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Definition of a Landlord?

A landlord is defined as someone who rents out a property (or a room within a property) which they own, under a lease or a licence that is shorter than seven years.

As a Landlord, What Must I Do?

As a landlord, you are responsible and have a legal obligation to have a Legionella risk assessment carried out on properties under your control. Integrated Compliance can carry out landlord Legionella risk assessment on properties across Scotland.

A Legionella risk assessment is an in depth survey of the potential risks presented by engineered water systems, and seeks to identify and assess the risks of exposure to Legionella bacteria associated with work activities and water systems. The assessment will determine the likelihood of the risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria within the water system.

Landlord Legionella Risk Assessment

Integrated Compliance is a member of the Legionella Control Association (view our LCA certificate), and employ a highly trained and competent team of City & Guilds qualified Legionella Risk Assessors, water hygiene engineers and technicians and plumbers, we deliver Legionella Compliance services to meet clients’ needs. As a member of the LCA, we provide our services in conjunction with their Code of Conduct, in order to ensure maximum compliance.

For further information on landlord Legionella risk assessment, or for a quote, contact us today.

FAQ’s

Is the landlord able to access a property for safety checks?

The contract you make with your tenant should allow you access for any maintenance or safety check work that needs to be done. You must not use force to enter the property. Further information is provided in regulation 39 of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
A landlord has to show that they took all reasonable steps to comply with the law. HSE recommends the following actions and strongly advises that a record be kept of all correspondence with the tenants:

  • Leave the tenant a notice stating that an attempt was made to complete the gas safety check and provide your contact details.
  • Write to the tenant explaining that a safety check is a legal requirement and that it is for the tenant’s own safety. Give the tenant the opportunity to arrange their own appointment.

HSE inspectors will look for repeated attempts to complete the gas safety check, including the above suggestions; however the approach will need to be appropriate to each circumstance. It would ultimately be for a court to decide if the action taken was reasonable depending upon the individual circumstances.

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