Asbestos is a material that was previously used in buildings to reduce noise and protect homes from fire.
The use of asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999, however, a lot of our housing was built or refurbished before this time and some properties may contact asbestos materials. Products containing asbestos can look the same as those that don’t, so you should always be careful.
In line with legislation and Health and Safety Executive’s guidance, it is our policy to leave asbestos containing materials that are in good condition in place.
We ask our contractors to assess homes for asbestos during improvement or alteration work, and will tell you about any possible risks. Every property we own has an Asbestos Management Survey that is reviewed regularly to ensure our contractors’ and tenants’ safety. We’ll make sure that any material containing asbestos is kept in a safe condition. If we need to remove any material containing asbestos from your home, we’ll use a specialist contractor.
The asbestos found in houses presents a low risk and is unlikely to harm your health. It’s important to remember that as long as asbestos containing materials are in good condition they don’t pose a significant risk to health.
To ensure that the risk to health remains low, please contact us for advice before carrying out any DIY work – you may need our permission for this in any case – but never disturb asbestos containing materials.
If you have any concerns about asbestos containing materials in your home, please contact us on 01443 424 200.