Materials containing asbestos are safe if they are in good condition, and not moved or interfered with.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been used in buildings since the 1950s.


  • is an insulator (keeping in heat and keeping out cold)
  • has good fire-protection properties
  • protects against rust.

Where asbestos materials could be found

Asbestos is often mixed with other materials and can be difficult to identify.

If your property was built before 2000, some parts are likely to contain asbestos.

Asbestos is found in many products including:

  • ceiling tiles
  • pipe insulation
  • boilers
  • sprayed coatings.

Risks to your health

Asbestos-containing materials in good condition are not a risk to people’s health. In our properties we try to make sure that anything that may contain asbestos remains in good condition, is sealed with paint, and has a warning sign against it.

If you suspect that any of these materials contains asbestos or are damaged then please contact us immediately.

You should contact us before doing any of the work listed below in your home.

We can tell you whether materials containing asbestos are present in the area where you plan to work.

  • Don’t drill, cut into, sand or scrape anything you think may contain asbestos
  • Always soak wallpaper before removing it. If possible, use a steam stripper and gently peel away the paper before redecorating
  • Don’t try to remove textured coatings (Artex) from ceilings. Wash any area of flaking paint with sugar soap before repainting
  • Don’t try to remove old floor tiles or linoleum. Leave them in place and lay new floor coverings over them

The general rule is to always leave asbestos alone.

Asbestos register

By law, we must maintain an asbestos register.

The asbestos register is essential to managing asbestos in all our properties. It lists all materials that are presumed to contain asbestos or have been confirmed to contain it after laboratory sampling and analysis.

You can ask what information we hold on the register about asbestos in your home by contacting us on 020 7926 6000.