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Tenancy arrangements and how responsibilities may be allocated or shared

The duty to manage and remove asbestos from a property is the sole responsibility of the owner if you live in a rented property. This means that the owner needs to put into place any practical steps that are necessary to prevent the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres. It doesn’t necessarily mean asbestos, if it is contained should be removed. So as a duty holder how should you comply?

  • Firstly you would need to find out whether or not your property contains any asbestos, and if it does, what type of condition it is in. If you are in doubt as to whether any of the materials in the building contain asbestos then always presume they do and initiate professional advice.
  • An expert who deals with asbestos management would investigate any risk to the premises and work force or inhabitants. Asbestos is only dangerous when it is disturbed so as long as it is managed appropriately then it will not present any health hazards.
  • A plan should then be put into place that manages this risk coupled with how it will be acted upon. Not all ACM’s present the same dangers to your health so measures can be put into place to control rather than remove the risk.
  • Information should then be provided to all of the employees, or contractors who could disturb and then expose the asbestos. A professional team will then put the appropriate safety controls in while any work is done and the asbestos is removed.