What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a material that was included in buildings to reduce noise, improve heat efficiency and fire resistance.
It hasn’t been used in buildings since 1999 as it was found to be a health risk if it’s damaged or deteriorating.
If asbestos fibres are released into the air, for example through carrying out improvements to your home, and you breathe them in it can be dangerous. However, asbestos is safe if it’s undamaged, sealed and in a good condition.
If you suspect damage to asbestos in your home; a tear or crack to textured coating, broken asbestos floor tiles or suspected asbestos boarding and boxing, please contact us immediately and we’ll arrange for a professional asbestos survey and remedial action to be taken.
Asbestos surveys and access to your home
We’re legally required to take reasonable steps to identify and manage asbestos present in communal areas and your home. All asbestos work is carried out by our contractor with a specialist licence and in accordance with strict safety regulations.
If you’re contacted by us or our specialist contractor regarding asbestos matters please allow access to your home so they can carry out a required survey or re-inspection survey. This will allow us to appropriately manage the asbestos, keep you safe and keep safe anyone carrying out repairs in your home.
You’re reminded that within your tenancy agreement you’re required to allow us access to your home to carry out essential safety inspections and work, if given reasonable notice.
Remember, you need permission from us before carrying out improvements or alterations to your home, such as replacing floor coverings. See improving my home for more information.
If you have any concerns about asbestos, please get in touch without delay.