Legionella seems to be the new hot topic at the moment, with managing agents writing new Legionella disclaimers into their contracts, and some London agents offering Legionella assessments at £250 a pop. But what is Legionella, what are the risks, and what are your responsibilities as a landlord?
Legionella might sound like the latest fashionable baby name among the Chiswick and Richmond set, but it’s actually a good deal more sinister, and most landlords are bound to have become dimly aware of it in recent times.
Legionella’s disease, as defined online and in a previous blog post, is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by bacteria. The disease is potentially fatal and is something all Tenants and Landlords should be aware of, to ensure that the proper safety checks can be included within their property. This is especially prevalent after Covid-19 and lockdown where many properties have been left vacant.