Latest Landlords Burden, A "Legionella Test"
Posted 01 October 2015 - 05:45 PM
The latest thing about to be unleashed on Landlords is a "legionella test" which will have to be done every 2 years.
Now, to my mind that just means checking that the hot water tank is achieving a temperature of 65 degrees or more? So that should be simple.
So why does the bumph from the Scottish Government suggest this is likely to cost £200
There must be more to this?
Posted 01 October 2015 - 06:18 PM
Posted 01 October 2015 - 06:22 PM
I found some academic research the other day that found a constant 50C or above effectively eliminates L,
Posted 01 October 2015 - 08:22 PM
Posted 01 October 2015 - 08:35 PM
On a connected theme, pity today's enforcement of legislation on smokes and carbon monoxide do not include holiday lets. I hope that any of you that do let out in any capacity do have alarms installed. Not difficult, Governement giving out free ones via Fire Services (battery, which I thought were not adequate, but if you get those from them I guess ok) to landlords.
All best Mafalda
Posted 01 October 2015 - 11:27 PM
Fwiw, battery ones are better than no detectors, but I'd fit more of them to be on the safe side.
Regarding rental properties and the new L testing, it's probably going to be a good thing as a typical tenant won't know about, or be able to tell if they or their loved ones are being subjected to contamination of this kind. Also a lot of landlords couldn't give a toss about the tenants and just tend to pop up on the radar only if the months rent is adrift, so ensuring that their obligations are fullfilled is alright by me.
I tend a lot of rental properties and am often surprised at the obvious safety issues, general poor living conditions, and lack of tenants understanding or knowledge of what they should be provided with are. Some L/L's really don't give a shat so it's unfortunate for the good ones to have to do this but if it's for the greater good then so be it, it's certainly not a bad thing IMO, ( unless a new breed of trade-crook can cash in and care even less ).
When you profit from getting yourself involved with a third party, you accept the liabilities that come with it, so if people are paying their dues then grumble ye' not.
Posted 01 October 2015 - 11:35 PM
Posted 02 October 2015 - 06:45 AM
Posted 02 October 2015 - 07:55 AM
The only thing you can't safeguard against is the tenant being brain dead.
Posted 02 October 2015 - 08:38 AM
Oh hang on, I have a cold. Can we escalate it to something really serious, like SARs, MARs, N1H1.
So we have a set of rules that say that we should heat water to 65°C to kill legionella and now we have a set of new rules that say we must test that our first set of rules are working. Do we need a set of rules for all the sets of rules, so that we don't miss any.
Posted 02 October 2015 - 09:02 AM
That assumes the 60C requirement is removed of course.
I'm also looking forward to actual measurements of real world energy efficiency in newly built homes.
Edited by gravelld, 02 October 2015 - 09:03 AM.
Posted 02 October 2015 - 10:43 AM
You can do this yourself.
Draw a basic plan of the house and mark out pipe routes and and areas at risk of standing water. Not a bad thing to do anyhow incase you need to do some invasive repair work.
What I have done is to remove any risk of standing water ie. remove and bypass the water tank. I have tank in my own home, but I will take the risk.
A combi-boiler gets to temperature every time you turn on the hot tap. So then a simple information sheet to the tenants should be all you need to do from there.
- If you go away for a holiday, run your taps and shower for a couple of minutes on your return.
- Periodically disinfect the shower head.
- Don't eat yellow snow...
As a landlord also reduce any lengths of redundant pipe work, such as the hot hose to a washing machine.
Posted 02 October 2015 - 12:33 PM
But, after nearly 40 years involved in catering (on and off), I have never known a place to be tested.
Posted 06 October 2015 - 08:14 AM
No problem with smoke alarms being added it makes sense to the law. The EPC is a JOKE!. More legislation is ok; but now I'm responsible if I house an illegal immigrant!!!!.
Any other jobs for me anyone?!?!?!?!
Posted 26 October 2015 - 04:48 PM
As for condensation, I fixed the problem in one of our places by installing a positive input vent, works very well, the house always has a fresh feel about it now due to the regular change of air.
Posted 26 October 2015 - 04:57 PM
It will soon be "illegal" to rent out a house with an EPC of F or G so you will either have to improve the house or stop renting it. I forget the date that one comes in.
At the moment I can't see me rushing back into the buy to let market.