According to safety experts at LTM Compliance (Legionella Testing, Monitoring), Legionella, bacteria causing Legionnaires’ disease, are found at dangerous levels in one in every 16 privately rented homes in the UK. Because of this, landlords are being required by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to show that they have taken steps to minimize the risk of tenants contracting Legionnaires’ disease.
Judith Richardson, the LTM Compliance director, said that they are “in the process of contacting letting and managing agents in Staffordshire to make sure they are aware of this legislation and have been giving advice on how to carry out this new risk assessment in a cost-effective way.”
Landlords who are discovered to not be in compliance with the HSE code of practice will be fined up to £20,000. Following the HSE code of practice would offer landlords peace of mind, legal compliance, and prevent tenants from contracting the potentially deadly illness.