Landlord legislation: Legionnaires Disease

Many Landlords are not aware that the HSE legislation regarding the control of legionnaires disease applies to residential lettings and the legal responsibility sits with the Landlord.

This means that all residential lettings must have a legionella risk assessment carried out. The fines are up to up to 2 years in prison or up to £20,000 fine the same as not having a gas cert

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by water borne bacteria and is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. It is typically found in water systems or stagnant water and as a landlord, you have a responsibility to carry out a risk assessment on your property and ensure you efficiently manage any risks that are identified there. Legionella bacteria can multiply in water systems and can then be spread by spray, e.g., from a shower. It is, therefore, important that you are aware of the risks and what you should consider when carrying out a risk assessment of the property.

It is also necessary to ensure records are kept on the risk assessment and any steps you have had to take for a minimum of five years.

At MAC The Property Co all our landlords have Legionella Risk Assessments carried out on their properties when a new tenant moves into a property and /or every 2 years.

If you are concerned about how this affects you, require a mandatory Legionella Risk Assessment to be done on your rental property, give the team at MAC a call on 01925 599900, or email us on for more information.