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    Whose responsibility is asbestos?

    My neighbour has found what may be asbestos in his garden. The property belongs to Durham council and they are saying it is up to the tennant to sort it out.
    I am fairly sure that there is no way he can afford to get someone in to look at it, never mind get rid of it. My kids play in the garden, right next to where it is.
    Does anyone know if this is right, can they really make him sort this out himself?

    Any help appreciated. I have already called citizens advise, but no answer (as per usual!).

    18 Comments

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    Is it Freehold?

    Banned

    If he is renting the property it is up to the owner of the property to deal with it

    Banned

    just stick it in your wheelie bin

    Did your neighbour tell you this? "The property belongs to Durham council and they are saying it is up to the tennant to sort it out. "

    Original Poster

    I have spoken to the council on my neighbours behalf, this is what they have told me. No it's not freehold.

    up 2 the landlord or owner but 100% not up 2 a tenant

    Banned

    no way! its the councils responsibilty but I would just take it to the dump anyway unless its blue asbestos

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    q44q

    up 2 the landlord or owner but 100% not up 2 a tenant



    Correct. As it's not freehold, the it's the landlords responsibility - and he/she can contact the council to discuss. Certainly not the tenants responsibility.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for your input.....how do I give rep nowadays?!

    Chuck it on the road and ring the council saying its been fly tipped. Be gone within a day lol.

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    Shengis

    Chuck it on the road and ring the council saying its been fly tipped. Be … Chuck it on the road and ring the council saying its been fly tipped. Be gone within a day lol.



    Ive got a 4" steel post inbedded in concrete I was thinking of doing that with! Id happily take it to the dump, but it weighs too much and the council would probably be mighty suspicious with the building materials in the front garden.

    Banned

    I've got an asbestos roof on my shed, it joins onto next door neighbours roof too. In theory if we wanted rid we would have to replace her roof too. It's not a problem unless it's damaged.

    How do you know it's asbestos?

    You simply cannot tell just by looking.

    Call your Environmental Health Dept, they may be willing to sample or at least give professional advice.

    Either that or call the HSE Info line hse.gov.uk/con…htm
    Edited by: "moob" 27th Jul 2010

    My mum had asbestos/suspected asbestos in a council flat and they sent men in full body suits to take it all away, check the air for fibres etc; the full works.

    guv

    Ive got a 4" steel post inbedded in concrete I was thinking of doing that … Ive got a 4" steel post inbedded in concrete I was thinking of doing that with! Id happily take it to the dump, but it weighs too much and the council would probably be mighty suspicious with the building materials in the front garden.



    Until you know what type of asbestos it is I would not touch it under any circumstances. If any breaks up it does not take a lot to be injested into the lungs to cause asbestosis..

    i agree with what you all have said these jobs worths at the council are only passing the buck go to your local newspaper and explain the problem and i bet it works.

    Just bag it up and take it to the tidy tip.
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