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Asbestos is a potentially harmful mineral fibre that was used extensively in buildings between the 1950s and 1980s and can cause harm to your tenants in a rental property. Landlords should assume that asbestos is present in all pre-2000 buildings and under Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, landlords have certain duties towards their tenants to minimise the risks of exposure to asbestos.

The landlord of a tenanted property has a legal responsibility to manage the risk associated with any asbestos present in the property. Depending on the condition of the asbestos, one or more of the following actions should be taken:

  • Labelling the asbestos
  • Sealing the asbestos
  • Removing the asbestos

Great care should be taken when doing any work around asbestos. The HSE or your local authority can give detailed advice about safety procedures. Please note that any work done on the asbestos, that takes longer than 2 hours, must be done by someone who is licensed by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive).