10:06 AM, 14th October 2019, About 3 years ago 5
I have one rental property. Purpose built in 1960s, typical construction of it’s era. I would like to highlight for other landlords their risks and responsibilities regarding this awful material and am interested to receive any advice from others who have experience. At a minimum I would recommend every landlord should carry out an asbestos risk assessment to determine if specialist advice is required. Or carry out a review before engaging contractors and double check with them that they have undertaken training on pollution prevention measures.
I have just learnt from bitter experience how it can all go wrong when undertaking some DIY between tenants. Whilst I was aware of asbestos risks generally I did not think about it in the context of my property. I was also oblivious to the extreme precautionary measures rightfully required to control asbestos pollution and inhillation. Luckily I used my common sense as soon as I realised there may be an issue – I removed a small panel of gloss painted chipboard (less than 3ft sq) , except it broke on impact and I immediately recognised it as asbestos. I immediately contacted an appropriately qualified company for advice. Not only to protect myself from harm, but also my future tenants.
I have not previously encountered any warnings about asbestos from letting agents or small contractors I have used to carry out work over the last 20 years. I suspect that DIYers are often not asbestos aware and no public health warnings are carried by the likes of B&Q and Screwfix etc. The wider construction industry has of course a well established protocol.
As a landlord I have liability. But also the Management company/Residents Association has liability for the Common Parts.
The clean-up for me is going to be expensive as it looks like it is a license controlled asbestos …I am waiting on the survey results.
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