Asbestos pollution

What to do if you have asbestos in your home or property

Asbestos is a hazardous substance that was once used as a building material. When it was discovered breathing in asbestos fibres or 'dust' over many years can give rise to serious health effects, its use in residential property was stopped.

Report asbestos

If you find asbestos in your home:

  • Council tenants and homeowners: Call 020 8921 8171
  • Private tenants: Contact the building owner or your landlord.

Advice for homeowners

Homeowners and the Royal Borough of Greenwich have a legal responsibility to ensure that any asbestos in houses is safe. We can give you advice on the detection and safe removal of low-risk asbestos from houses, sheds and garages.

Removing asbestos materials already there is not always the safest option. It may generate fine dust particles, increasing health risks. You should always seek expert advice on this issue.

For further information, call us on 020 8921 8171.

Find out more information about asbestos (Health and Safety Executive)