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: contact the repairs team
  • Private tenants: contact the building owner or your landlord.

Advice for homeowners

Homeowners have a legal responsibility to ensure that any asbestos in houses is safe. 

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.

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