If you are a tenant in a commercial property then your duty to manage asbestos will depend on the terms of your lease and whether or not you are responsible for maintenance. If this duty is not yours, you are still required to co-operate as far as is necessary to enable your landlord to comply with their responsibilities. In cases of shared responsibility the duty to manage and the costs involved are also shared and effective communication between the various duty holders is essential. If you are a tenant in a domestic property your landlord has a duty under the ‘Defective Premises Act 1972’ to take reasonable care to see that tenants and visitors are safe from personal injury or disease caused by a defect in the state of the premises which whilst not specifically mentioned also includes asbestos.


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