Legionnaire’s Disease – What Letting Agents Need To Know

By law, landlords and letting agents are required to assess the risk of, and, if necessary, combat Legionnaires Disease.

The first line of defence is to carry out a Legionella risk assessment, which helps to identify the presence of Legionella, the bacteria that causes the disease.

What is Legionnaires Disease?

Legionnaires Disease is fatal in up to one in three cases. It’s caused by the bacteria known as Legionella, and is a pneumonia-like illness. It normally thrives in water that is at the right temperature for bacteria to grow, e.g. rivers and lakes – but this also means it can spread through hot and cold domestic water systems.

As such, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have a code of best practice for landlords in order to reduce the percentage of risk. This code includes:

  • The requirement of landlords to carry out, whether by themselve
  • The requirement of landlords to take action on this assessment if any problems are found.
  • Where is Legionella likely to be found?

  • In water at a constant temperature between 20 and 45 degrees.
  • Disused or rarely used showers and taps, where rust and scale can be commonplace.
  • In areas of a water system where the liquid is stagnant for extended periods of time.
  • It’s also important to note that older tenants as well as those with weakened immune systems are at particularly higher risk to the disease.

    Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are of greater risk than the average domestic property.

    Who is responsible?

    Ultimately it is the responsibility of the property manager to meet the legal requirement of minimising the risk of exposure.

    This means that if the property is fully managed by an agent, this falls into their umbrella of responsibility.

    It’s recommended that the manager of the property compiles a risk assessment for Legionella every 12 months minimise the risk of exposure.

    Who can carry out a Legionella risk assessment?

    Landlords and letting agents can legally carry out an assessment, if they feel able to compile one to the required standard. In general, they should:

  • Have at least a basic understanding of the bacteria and how some conditions may encourage the risk of an outbreak.
  • Be aware of basic control measures, which will reduce the likelihood of a breakout.
  • Have at least a basic understanding of different types of water systems.
  • We’ve added a new template to our Inspector property inventory app that allows both landlords and letting agents to compile comprehensive risk assessments quickly and easily.

    For a free demo, click here to get in touch. If you’re already a user, simply reach out to your account manager and they’ll be able to help you get the new template onto your system.

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    New iOS Update Available for Inspector Property Inventory App

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    We’re delighted to announce the latest Apple iPad/iPhone update for Inspector, our property inventory app. The release includes new time saving features to ensure you’re producing reports as efficiently as possible, as well as several performance improvements.

    There’s also an update for Android about to be released – we’ll let you know when it’s ready for download.

    Important: It’s vital that you keep your Apple iOS platform and the iSurvey app updated to the latest versions to ensure there are no bugs within your system. Otherwise we can’t guarantee that the Inspector app will run correctly and you may encounter problems. See Latest Versions below for instructions on keeping these up to date.

    New Options for Photographs

    1. Use Photos from Library – Multiple Select

    We’ve introduced a multiple select facility within the property inventory app, allowing you to get photographs into your reports faster. You can now snap as many photographs as you need using either your device camera or a digital camera and then transfer them into your iPad or iPhone Library. You can then select the required photos from your camera roll into the appropriate area of the iSurvey report. This is not only quicker, but means you’ll have original, high-res photos saved to your device as well.

    To enable this feature, go into Settings, Report Settings within iSurvey and click ‘use photos from library’. Then, when you go to take photographs in iSurvey, your camera roll will appear – you can select the ones you need for each area of your report.

    2. Save photos to camera roll and retain originals

    If you’d prefer to use the normal iSurvey property inventory app camera, that’s fine as well. To help you, we’ve added the option in Settings to save full resolution versions of photographs automatically to your camera roll when using the iSurvey camera. This means you can have access to originals, which could be useful in the event of a dispute

    To enable this facility, go to Settings, Report Settings and select ‘save photos on the device’. The app will create a folder with the name of the property in your camera roll.

    Important: If you wish to retain the original photographs we’d suggest you regularly move them from your device library to your PC directory or to a facility such as Dropbox, otherwise your device may run out of memory.

    Multiple delete

    Deleting individual items and rooms can be time consuming. To delete items and rooms with the latest update, click ‘Edit’ at the top right of the screen, tap the rooms or items you need to get rid of, then click delete at the top right. It’s a much faster and more efficient process than before.

    Swipe to next area

    Users gave us feedback they had to do a lot of back tapping and ‘in and out’ actions to navigate around the property inventory app’s menus and compile reports, which was slowing down the process.

    We’ve solved this by adding a feature that allows you to swipe between rooms and items to navigate the app faster. To use this feature, swipe right or left on the name of the room or item to move to the next or previous area or Item. If you’ve added more detail to an Item (e.g. Type /Feature /Fitting /Comment /Observation) there’s also a new button below Comments which will take you straight to the next Item in that Room.

    Copy room enhancements

    We’ve made some improvements to the copy room feature within the app, meaning observations and photographs are not copied across. To use this feature, tap and hold the room name label and the copied area will appear below your other inspection areas. Rename and edit accordingly.

    Latest Versions

    To download the latest versions of Apple iOS and iSurvey Inspector:

    1. Make sure you’ve previewed all reports and saved all templates to our server within your current app

    2. Delete the current app from your device.

    3. Make sure you’re running the latest version of iOS 8 (on your iPhone or iPad go to Settings, General, About then check Version number – you will probably have an update instruction waiting)

    4. On your iPhone or iPad, go into Safari and head to www.isurveyapps.com/install

    5. Click the latest version (2.6.6) and confirm that you trust us as a developer

    6. The app will begin to install in the background, click the home button on your device to exit Safari

    7. Login as normal

    If you have any issues installing the latest version or have any questions about saving templates etc, please contact your account manager directly or email support@isurveyapps.com.

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    5 Fun Facts About The Budget Throughout History

    The Budget is a hugely important date in the calendar but that doesn’t mean it’s all about tax and finance. Like many other important dates in the parliamentary calendar, the Budget is riddled with quirky traditions and has an interesting history.

    5 Fun Facts About The Budget Throughout History

    1. The Chancellor is allowed to drink alcohol during the Budget speech – but current Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has previously stuck to mineral water.
    2. William Gladstone (drink of choice: sherry and beaten egg) has delivered more Budget speeches than any other Chancellor, delivering 12 Budget speeches during his career as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
    3. William Gladstone holds the record for the longest Budget speech. His Budget speech in 1853 lasted four hours and 45 minutes.
    4. The award for shortest Budget speech goes to Benjamin Disraeli (drink of choice: brandy and water). His Budget speech in 1867 lasted 45 minutes.
    5. The famous original red Budget Box was in use for over 100 years. It was lined with black satin and covered with scarlet leather.

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    24/7 Support: Introducing The iSurvey Help Desk

    We’re not open 24/7, but our customer support now is.

    Today we’re really happy to announce the launch of the iSurvey Help Desk. Its a new online platform full of articles to help you get the most out of our inventory, inspection and check-out app.

    It covers everything from getting set-up to more in-depth customisation, and we’re going to be adding to it all the time.

    Its like having your own iSurvey guru on hand 24/7 whenever you need them.

    Don’t worry, your personal account manager will still be available to help you out should you ever need them. However, if you prefer to do things on your own, or need assistance out of hours, this’ll be perfect for you. See what its all about.

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    New ‘Copy Room’ Feature for Property Inventory App

    We’re pleased cheap nfl jerseys to announce iSurvey Inspector 2.4.0 for iOS 8, cheap mlb jerseys which includes a fantastic new time saving copy-room feature. Its an extension of our popular, existing cheap mlb jerseys default option, which enables you to set item descriptions as the default for the rest of the report, saving loads of time.

    Voted and for by you, our users, the new feature takes this a step further, allowing you to copy entire rooms within a report. Now there’s no need to enter repetitive room information about a property into the app – just enter it once, and Inspector will take care of the rest.

    See an overview of all features.

    When selected, the app copies all the items within the room including details such as colour, overall condition and the element descriptions. Its a real time saver, especially for newly refurbished properties.

    Photos and observations aren’t copied, simply because these will be unique to individual rooms.

    To use the copy room feature you’ll need to be running iOS 8 and running the latest version of the Inspector app (2.4.0)

    To download, head over to isurveyapps.com/install on your iOS device and select the iOS 8 version. Be sure to preview all reports and delete the older version of the app first.

    Inside your inspection areas, just hold down on the room you need to copy, and the copied room will appear at the bottom of the list. To change the name of the copied room, select it, and then amend.

    This new feature has meant we’ve had to alter the way in which you alter the order of rooms within your reports. To change the order of rooms in the latest version, select wholesale mlb jerseys ‘Edit’ at the top of the screen, and then hold and drag the three bars to the right hand side of each room as normal.

    We hope you like this cool new time saving feature we’ve added to the app. Its been requested greatly from our users and its important for us, as a company, to embrace user feedback and make sure we’re delivering the very best product we can.

    Be sure to tweet us @iSurveyApps and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you!



    #ResiRevolution: We’re at The Negotiator Conference & Expo, Are You?

    We’re really excited to announce that we’ll be at The Negotiator Conference & Expo 2014 this year on Tuesday 4th November on stand 38.

    The event is at one of the UK’s most prestigious 5* venues, the London Hilton on Park Lane, and is taking place during the day prior to the awards ceremony in the evening.

    As well as our property inventory shipping software, Inspector, we’re going to be showcasing two powerful new property apps: Surveyor and Appraisal.

    The Resi Revolution Conference

    The theme for this year’s conference is “The Resi Revolution” since it’s expected that, within two decades, more people in the UK will rent homes than own them. As well J as a keynote from Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, there’ll be 17 other seminars to choose from.

    Each seminar will address the challenges you’re going to face in the rapidly changing home-owning landscape, filling you up with ideas to move your agency forward and expand in the marketplace.


    The Expo

    We’re excited to be showcasing two fantastic new apps at the event this year.

    Surveyor app is a powerful new tool aimed at wholesale nfl jerseys surveyors and property managers; wholesale mlb jerseys it replaces your manual process, streamlining the creation of surveys and other property-related reports.

    Appraisal app speeds He up the process of getting cheap nfl jerseys your properties to market. You can complete everything from collecting property particulars to generating floor plans, all on site.

    You’ll also be able to learn more about fantastic products from other great companies in the industry.

    We’re really eager would to show you what we’ve been working on, and can’t wait to see you at the event. It’s going to be be a good one.