Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used very widely in a range of building materials and structures to improve their strength and durability.

Where you might find asbestos

Inside your home, small amounts of asbestos can be found in Artex-type textured coatings.

It can also be found in fire stop panels inside heater cupboards and around boilers, in some floor tiles and also in fuse box cupboards.

Outside your home, asbestos can be found in roofing and the corrugated cement sheeting usually found on outbuildings and garage roofs.

Understanding the health risks

Asbestos in your home is not normally dangerous. If it is in a good condition and not disturbed, there is no risk to your health.

It becomes more of a hazard when it is damaged or if the material is drilled, sawn, sanded, scrubbed or removed by an unqualified person or contractor.

What to do if you think there is asbestos in your home

If you are unsure if a material contains asbestos it is safer to presume it does and not tamper with it. If you damage asbestos or suspect there is damaged asbestos in your home, contact us immediately.

Before you start any DIY improvements to your home, you must get written permission from us, as required by your tenancy agreement.

What we will do

We have a duty to manage the risks that the asbestos may pose.

It is often impossible to tell whether something contains asbestos just by looking at it, which is why we arrange for a professional asbestos surveying company to inspect your home before we carry out any improvement works in your home.

When we carry out repairs, we will take samples of any suspect material beforehand. Once we have checked for asbestos, we will be able to manage any asbestos that is present. 

We ensure that only approved licensed asbestos removal contractors carry out asbestos removal and disposal.

For more information

Contact us if you suspect you have asbestos in your home or if you would like a home visit.