This page contains information and advice about asbestos, what it is, where it can be found and what to do if you think you may have asbestos in your home.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring material that has a variety of uses throughout the construction industry. It is not unusual to find asbestos in homes as it was used extensively until 1999 when it was banned due to the associated health risks.
What are the health risks?
Asbestos materials in good condition do not cause health problems. However, when they become damaged they may release fibres into the air. If breathed in, the fibres could lead to asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Where might asbestos be inside my home?
Asbestos may have been used in the following places:
- Decorative coatings to ceilings (artex)
- Floor tiles
- Bath panels
- Parts of boilers
- Roof space insulation and tank supports
- Window and door frames
What is Connect doing?
We have a procedure for managing asbestos which includes appointing independent consultants to survey our properties for asbestos.
What is the survey for?
The survey helps us to:
- identify if there is any asbestos in your home
- see if the asbestos presents any risk
- take appropriate action if required
When will a survey be carried out?
As a landlord, we have a legal obligation to survey your home before we carry out any repair or improvement works. Alternatively, you may have had a survey in the past and we need to do another to update our records.
Can I carry out works to my home?
As outlined in your tenancy agreement, you must contact us before you carry out any works to your home.
If available, a copy of the survey will be provided. If we don’t have a survey for your home, we will request one if necessary. You should not start any works until you have received permission from us.
If you think you have asbestos in your home, do not do anything that could release fibres into the air such as inserting drawing pins, screws, nails or adhesive tape into the affected areas.
The disposal of asbestos is a matter for specialists.
Get in touch
If you have any concerns about asbestos or need further advice please contact:
Jenni Smith, Project Manager (Asset Investment)
T: 0300 5000 600