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What can tenants do to minimise Legionella risk?

Whilst landlords do have legal responsibilities to protect the health and safety of their tenants, including protecting them from the risk of exposure to Legionella, there are steps that the tenant, as the resident in the property, needs to also take, to help manage the risk.

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Landlords’ duties in relation to Legionella

The law is clear that if you are a landlord, and rent out your property (or even a room within your own home), then you have legal responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of your tenant(s), by keeping the property safe, and free from health hazards.

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What is Legionella and how dangerous is it?

Since first being identified, following the outbreak at the convention of the American Legion in Philadelphia, in 1976, much work has gone into identifying what conditions favour the growth and proliferation of the Legionella bacteria in building water systems.

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