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Asbestos safety

Asbestos that is in a good condition is not dangerous. Disturbed or damaged asbestos releases dust into the air which can pose a risk to your health.

Frequently asked questions

Most asbestos in housing is low risk. If it is in good condition and left undisturbed it will not cause any harm. If the product containing asbestos is damaged, very small fibres get into the air and can be inhaled. These fibres can cause an infection in the lungs which could cause conditions such as cancer or lung disease.

Asbestos can be found in most UK homes that were built before the year 2000. It is usually found in areas such as: 

  • bath panels 
  • pipe insulation 
  • textured finishes e.g. Artex 
  • service ducts 
  • ceiling tiles and vinyl floor tiles 
  • heating appliances and other domestic equipment 
  • fire-break materials like those found in lofts 
  • panelling around steelwork 
  • insulation boards and riser panels in bathrooms or ducts 
  • cement sheets used as roofing, guttering and wall cladding

If you are thinking of making some home improvements, check with us first. We’ll be able to help make sure everything is done correctly and there’s no risk to you or your home. For any major works, you will need to get written permission from us.

Industry experts (HSE) recommend we leave asbestos in place if it is in a good condition. Disturbing undamaged asbestos can release fibres into the air so it is safer to leave in place. We will remove asbestos that is in poor condition or is likely to be frequently disturbed. Asbestos will also be removed as part of a repair, improvement or alteration. 

Leaseholders will need written approval for any home improvements. If you suspect some materials may contain asbestos, hold off attempting any DIY without speaking to a specialist first; we will be happy to offer information and advice before you find an approved contractor to do the work. 
We are responsible for the building structure and the asbestos in any shared or communal areas. This includes stairwells, landings and halls. As a leaseholder you are responsible for all fixtures and fittings in your home. If you require work to be done to these areas, you will need to organise and pay for any work or surveys. 
Asbestos is best left in place if it is in a good condition but if you decide to have any asbestos removed or sealed, use an approved removal contractor. Later, if you make plans to move out of the property, let any future owners know about the work you have had done.

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Report damaged asbestos

If you suspect you may have damaged some asbestos in your home, do not touch it or attempt to clean it up. Call us straight away and we will arrange for trained operatives to attend.