Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia which affects the lungs.


The risk of infection increases with age but some people are at higher risk including:

  • people over 45 years of age
  • smokers and heavy drinkers
  • people suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease, diabetes, lung or heart disease
  • anyone with an impaired immune system.

Ensuring your safety

Owners and managers of private rented property have a legal duty of care to ensure that their tenants and visitors can use the property safely.
The Health & Safety Executive is the government body responsible for water hygiene and Legionnaires’ disease. Further advice and information can be viewed on their website. www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires