Asbestos is a term for a group of minerals made of microscopic fibres. Before its dangers were known, asbestos was often used in buildings for insulation, flooring and roofing, and sprayed on ceilings and walls. It is now banned in the UK and has been since 1999.

Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 we have a duty to annually inspect properties with communal areas to ensure that any asbestos containing materials have not been disturbed and remain safe.

MHA also takes reasonable steps to ensure that materials in domestic dwellings likely to contain asbestos are identified for properties built prior to the year 2000. To do this we carry out an asbestos survey. The findings of the survey are shared with our tenants during the start of a tenancy.

We will also send an annual letter to tenants advising them of where asbestos is located or presumed within their home. If left undisturbed the asbestos poses no risk.

If you receive a letter, there are some frequently asked questions below:

Why have you received this letter?

As a landlord we have a duty of care to let all our tenants know if there are asbestos containing materials located within the property.

Is the asbestos dangerous?

The asbestos is extremely low level and poses no risk at all if left alone. It only becomes dangerous if it is damaged or disturbed. Painting or decorating will not disturb the asbestos.

What do you need to do?

If you are planning on carrying out any works to your home in the areas highlighted on the letter you must let us know immediately. Likewise if you think any of the areas mentioned in the letter become damaged you must also let us know. Other than this you don’t need to do anything.

What is the difference between ‘presumed’ and ‘located’?

If an area was not able to be tested during the survey then we have to presume that the material is asbestos. The chances are that it is not asbestos but we cannot say for sure as no sample was taken.

If asbestos has been located then this has been sampled and does contain asbestos. This is very low level and poses no risk if left alone.

Can you remove this asbestos?

No. A qualified person only can remove the material. The surveys have been carried out by a specialist and they have advised that the asbestos within the property is perfectly safe. We just want you to let us know if you are going to be doing anything which may disturb it.

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