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Asbestos

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Asbestos and housing. Where it may be found, why it is dangerous, what measures can be taken to deal with it, and how to take action if these measures are insufficient.

What is asbestos?

Description of asbestos. 

Where is asbestos found?

Where asbestos may be found. 

Why is asbestos dangerous?

The dangers of exposure to asbestos. 

Finding out if asbestos is present

Action that can be taken to find out if asbestos is present where the occupier suspects it may be. 

Obligations of the landlord

A landlord's legal obligations in relation to asbestos. 

Action on asbestos

Action that can be taken to deal with asbestos, and the legal requirements when dealing with asbestos containing materials (ACMs). Action that should be taken and how to take it. 

Inaction by the landlord

Action a tenant can take if her/his landlord fails to respond, or responds inadequately, to the presence of asbestos. The remedies below are in addition to those explained above. 

Rehousing

Rehousing while work dealing with asbestos is taking place. 

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