Asbestos Inspection

As a homeowner or landlord, you might not think that Asbestos needs to be at the top of your priority list. After all, there are so many laws, safety checks and property certificates that come with owning a home, that it can hard to keep up.

There’s been a widespread ban on the use of all types of asbestos since 1999, but the fact is that if you own or let any property built before 2000, then it’s your duty to ensure that it’s safe for others to live in.

That’s why an asbestos inspection might just be one of the wisest risk assessment investments you’ll ever make.

Stay safe and in the know with Safe2 Entrust your asbestos inspection to Safe2 approved professional.

Asbestos – managing an unknown risk

Whilst the the use of asbestos is now illegal in new houses and other buildings, its presence isn’t illegal in buildings that were built before the ban came into force. But just where in your property might it be lurking?

The places asbestos might be found include (not exhaustively):

  • Tiles on the roof and corrugated roofing.
  • Wall panels and the walls of airing cupboards.
  • Ceiling and floor tiles.
  • Wall panels.
  • Fireplace surrounds made from cement.
  • Boiler and pipe lagging.

Asbestos – your duty as a landlord

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, if you let a property as a landlord, then you have a clear duty to maintain the structure and exterior of your property. If asbestos is

present and not maintained, you run the risk of being sued by your tenants for a breach of contract.

If asbestos is found to be present but undisturbed, then as a landlord you have no duty to act, because asbestos that remains undisturbed poses no risk to health.

However, you’ll need to bear in mind how your tenants might feel about living in a property that contains asbestos, and how this might impact the marketability of your property.

Any asbestos that’s disturbed, or that’s at risk of being disturbed, must be dealt with, as any fibres that work loose pose a risk of terminal cancer if they’re inhaled.

Are you a landlord of an HMO?

Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, landlords of non-domestic premises must take a number of steps to minimise the risk of their tenants being affected by asbestos. These regulations also apply to the ‘common’ areas in HMOs and houses that have been converted into flats. For example, hallways and lifts and kitchen and bathrooms that are shared.

Protect what matters – stay on the safe side

If you’re in any way unsure about whether or not your property contains asbestos, we’d strongly recommend that that you have an asbestos survey and risk assessment carried out.

This should always be done by someone licensed and qualified to carry out the risk assessment, and you should never attempt to do this yourself under any circumstances. Letting unqualified people carry out this work runs the risk of creating asbestos dust that can cause harm to you, your family or your tenants.

If you’d like Safe2 to help with your asbestos risk assessment, or any other aspect of your home owner compliance, all you need to do is get in touch with a member of the team.

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