What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a material that was included in buildings to reduce noise, improve heat efficiency and fire resistance.
It has not been used for buildings since 1999 as it was found to be a health risk if it is damaged or deteriorating.
If asbestos is released into the air, for example through carrying out improvements to your home, and you breathe it in then it can be dangerous. However, asbestos is safe if it is undamaged, sealed and in a good condition.
If you suspect a damage to asbestos in your home as a ‘significant’ damage, tear or crack to textured coating, 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 are 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 are contacted by us regarding asbestos matters please ensure you allow our specialist contractor access to your home so they can carry out a required survey or re-inspection survey. This will enable us to appropriately manage the asbestos, keep you safe and keep safe anyone carrying out repairs in your home. A reminder that within your tenancy agreement you are required to allow us access 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.