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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Legionnaires Disease – What are a Landlords responsibilities?

Some of a landlords legal requirement are set out by the HSE legionnaires -  what you must do;  but there is also a lot of other contradictary information that clouds the issues. For instance does a landlord have to carry out a Risk Assessment? Does this have to be in writing? – the HSE guidance is equivocal.

A landlord responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act

There are legal duties placed on landlords by the Health and Safety at Work Act. To carry out a risk assessment, the Responsible person ( Landlords ) must be competent which is defined. Since 2013 there has been a lot of publicity from companies suggesting its now a legal requirement to have a legionnaires certificate for rented property.  The cost of these certificates are often three figures.
The HSE have confirmed  that certificates are not mandatory for most residential properties. However, the safety, duties and responsibilities on landlords are defined and have legal sanctions.
For example, there is certain information that a landlord must provide to tenants.

Courses On Landlords Duties Regarding Legionnaires Disease

Arising from legal sanctions introduced in 2013, there are courses available on Landlords duties regarding Legionnaires disease from half or a full day. A full day’s course can cost around £200.
A half-day course is now available with Chris Daniel that succinctly but thoroughly covers the subject is available.  What a landlord can expect to gain from this course:

* To have the Legionnaires disease duties and responsibilities of a landlord thoroughly but succinctly explained.
* A customised and abbreviated summary of around a hundred pages of HSE literature on the subject. [ Summary is 16 pages ]
* The knowledge gained will provide a landlord with the level of Competence required to comply with HSE guidance in most Residential properties.
* An example of a Risk Assessment ( including Schematic diagram and written scheme of control ) and Information for tenants leaflet,
* Practical demo of testing of water temperature.
* Bound Reference book containing the above and example documentation.

BONUS session, – 60 minutes of General Landlord advice on common topics
Course dates for Legionnaires Course  :
Croydon, 7/10/1510am-2pm.
Watford, 16/10/15. 10am-2pm
Cost – £67.00  ( Don’t forget to claim this against your Tax )

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