Asbestos

In line with legislation and guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) you can leave asbestos containing materials that are in good condition in place. But, where found in a poor condition, we will remove it if there is a risk of it being disturbed or damaged or if a repair, improvement, or alteration is carried out.

Please note: If asbestos containing materials are in good condition, they do not pose a risk.

What is it?

In the past, asbestos, which is a fibrous material, was added to products to strengthen them and provide fire proofing and noise reduction. Homes built after 1999 are extremely unlikely to contain asbestos anywhere in the building.

What is wrong with it?

When asbestos materials become damaged they may release fibres into the air. If breathed in, the fibres could lead to asbestos related diseases, but they are rare – lengthy exposure to high levels of asbestos is needed.

Where is it most likely to be found in the home?

Asbestos is most likely to be found in the following locations in and around the home:

  • Behind old fires and boilers and lagging old pipes and water tanks
  • Behind old fuse boards and at the back of airing cupboards
  • In old vinyl floor tiles and textured wall and ceiling coating (Artex)
  • Garage\shed roofs, gutters and downpipes.

Our responsibility

We have a duty to manage materials containing asbestos in our properties. For the safety of you and those entering your home, we:

  • Use an Asbestos Management Plan that sets out how we manage asbestos in our properties.
  • Carry our surveys of individual properties, locations and communal areas.
  • Record all asbestos information on our asbestos register.
  • Provide information about the condition and location of materials containing asbestos to anyone who could be exposed to it.
  • Make sure that appropriate action is taken by anyone who is likely to disturb materials containing asbestos, including colleagues and contractors.
  • Employ accredited asbestos survey consultants and licensed asbestos removal contractors for work involving asbestos containing materials.

Your responsibility

Asbestos containing materials in good condition will not release asbestos fibres. There is no danger unless the fibres are released.  Usually no action is required on your part and you do not need to tell us if you think you have asbestos in your home. If you think you have damaged or disturbed asbestos in your home, you should contact us without delay. If there is any need to remove asbestos containing material from your home, we will agree a plan with you to do so.

What we need from you

  • Get in touch if you have any concerns about asbestos containing materials in your home, especially if you think (or have been told) material that may contain asbestos has become damaged or disturbed.  Tell us as soon as possible.
  • Contact us before by calling Customer Services on 01933 234450 when you carry out any DIY work. You may need permission under the conditions of your tenancy.
  • If you are considering making improvements or alterations within your home, you will need to obtain written consent from us (and have all other necessary approvals) first. You must request permission for improvements in writing, and the decision will be confirmed back in writing by us. Verbal permission is not accepted.
  • All requests for improvements, which fall outside our responsibilities in terms of standard repairs and maintenance, are to be undertaken and maintained at your own expense.