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Asbestos information for tenants

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What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral which was used as a building material between the 1950s up to the 1990s.


Is asbestos dangerous?

It is unlikely that the levels of asbestos found in our properties will be harmful, but if you are planning any DIY or you have damaged a material which you believe contain asbestos, you should ask for advice from the Housing Leeds Asbestos Team as quickly as possible to find out what to do next. Please see our Asbestos guidance booklet (PDF 754KB) for further information and advice.


What about asbestos in my property?

Asbestos is safe unless it is disturbed and fibres are released. Housing Leeds aims to maintain your property well and any asbestos containing materials are unlikely to need attention. Materials that are in a good condition are unlikely to pose any significant risk to your health. However, you could be at risk when carrying out DIY or minor building repairs without following guidelines. Please consult our DIY and asbestos fact sheet (PDF 258KB) for more information.


What should I do if I want to carry out DIY in my home?

Permission must be obtained from the Housing Manager for all DIY and minor building works been undertaken; this is a requirement under your tenancy agreement and could result in recharges if no permission has been granted.


What if I find asbestos in my home?

If you think that asbestos may be present contact the Housing Leeds Asbestos Team on 0113 3781123, 3781118 or 3781228.

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