According to an article from the Yorkshire Evening Post, it is now a legal requirement to perform a risk assessment of both hot and cold water systems to check the threat of Legionella bacteria.
“This is the latest in a series of tougher laws with the aim of driving up safety standards in a fast-growing sector – handing the legal duty for doing so to agents and landlords,” said Jon Oldroyd, managing director of Ignite Gas Care.
“Gas safety checks and the testing of electrics have long played a key role in keeping tenants safe. But the Legionella assessment, coupled with the mandatory introduction of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitors later this year, will now give them ultimate peace of mind.”
Some Legionella safeguards may include disinfecting water systems, cleaning shower heads, and multiple other methods.
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