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Asbestos surveys

Asbestos surveys

Materials containing asbestos were used in building works until 2000. These materials are completely safe as long as they are not damaged or disturbed.

To ensure the safety of our residents, technicians and contractors, we are required by law to carry out asbestos surveys in all of our properties. These inspections provide information on the location and condition of asbestos. The inspections are carried out by our in-house surveyor.

The majority of our properties have already had surveys completed and tenants have been sent copies of the results.

Changes to asbestos management

We will need to return to some surveyed properties in the future to carry out re-inspection surveys or further refurbishment surveys. This will be done prior to any refurbishment work.

What if my property hasn’t been surveyed?

In this instance, we may be unable to carry out maintenance or scheduled work such as fitting a new kitchen or bathroom. Please be assured that, if your property was built after 1 January 2000, a survey is not required. This is because the use of asbestos was prohibited in 1999.

Should I be concerned?

Materials containing asbestos in your home are safe as long as they remain undamaged and undisturbed. However, where a survey has identified materials that may contain asbestos, they should not be broken, sanded, cut or drilled.

If asbestos is found, is it safe to continue living in my property?

If the survey identifies any asbestos in a poor condition, Havebury will arrange for it to be sealed or removed. All materials which are deemed to be safe will be monitored by re-inspections over a period of five years.

If you’re concerned about asbestos in your home, call our Asbestos Co-ordinator on 0300 3300 900. You can also contact the Health & Safety Executive on 0845 345 0055.

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The Housing Ombudsman Service published a new Complaints Handling Code in July 2020.

All landlords were required to self-assess and publish against this code by 31 December 2020. Our assessment of this is here https://www.havebury.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Self-assessment-form-HHP.pdf

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