Legionella scaremongering by some letting agents debunkedMake Text Bigger
For months now I have been fending off veiled and not so veiled threats from ill-informed letting agents about the consequences of not shelling out for legionella tests.
I have directly engaged several letting agents on their attempts to make landlords feel as though they are committing a crime against humanity unless immediately cave and hand over handfuls of cash.
So, as a service to landlords, I offer the following Health and Safety Executive directive at the bottom of this article
Next time you get one of those threatening letters from an agent just point them to that.
Hopefully it will stop the requests without having to raise your blood pressure too much trying to explain the realities to an agent that simply doesn’t have a clue on the subject themselves anyway.
Case 357 – Consultants and Letting Agents misinterpreting the risks of exposure to legionella of their tenants
Consultants and letting agents are i) using the revised L8 ACOP to infer there is new legislation regarding landlords responsibilities and ii) misrepresenting what the law requires of landlords of domestic rented properties in relation to assessing and controlling the risks of exposure to Legionella bacteria of their tenants, for financial gain.
Health and Safety law does not require landlords to produce a ‘Legionnaires testing certificate’. Legionella testing is required only in exceptional circumstances and generally not in domestic hot and cold water systems. Such letting agents and consultants are scaremongering landlords, for financial gain, by misinterpreting and exaggerating the legal requirements to manage and control legionella in domestic premises.
HSE has published guidance for landlords, free to download from HSE’s website:
http://www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/faqs.htm – As a landlord, what are my duties?
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