Q: We are completing form LPE1 for the sale of one of our flats. One question asks if there has been an asbestos survey done. There has not. Is it compulsory for us to have this survey carried out? – and how much is it likely to cost? We are a block of six purpose built flats, constructed in 1981.
FPRA Hon Consultant Emily Orner replies:
Thank you for your enquiry. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 are the governing document in relation to asbestos. If your property was built or converted prior to 2001, as the party responsible for the communal areas, you would need to have an asbestos management survey on file. This is an assessment of the property to identify any areas where asbestos may be present and to identify what measures need to be put in place to manage any asbestos. It is important to make clear to any assessor that the survey only extends to the communal areas of the property and should be non-intrusive. There is no requirement for you to investigate the individual flats.
It may be that a report will give you a clean bill of health with no asbestos found. If this is the case it should be a one-off exercise and the report can be retained on file. However, if there are areas of asbestos noted advice will be given on how to manage this. This may be by way of an annual re-inspection, labelling and monitoring the area, or encapsulating or removing the asbestos. It is important that any contractors are made aware of any asbestos within the building so that they do not disturb this by accident during the course of any works.
I cannot give any firm idea on prices as I am not local to your area but I would expect a management survey for a block of six flats to be around £250.00 to £400.00.
[Submitted August 2019]