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Rental property owners and tenants

If you own or live in a rental property in NSW built before 1990, it may contain asbestos. 

Exposure to asbestos fibres can lead to serious health conditions, but asbestos can be managed safely. 

In most properties, non-friable asbestos is contained in materials like cement sheeting and is low risk if it’s undamaged. Damaged or loose material can become friable asbestos. This must be removed as it is a serious health risk, but asbestos can be managed safely.  

As a rental property owner or tenant, you’re responsible for your own safety in the property.   

Talk to your tenant or owner about preventing exposure to asbestos fibres. 

Do an Asbestos Check

Use the Asbestos Checker to see where asbestos may be found in your rental property.
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Where is asbestos found in homes? 

Asbestos-containing materials are found both inside and outside older homes, terraces and unit blocks. Asbestos is often found in: 

  • roofing  

  • ceilings 

  • external and internal wall cladding 

  • eaves  

  • fencing 

  • flue and water pipes 

  • fireplaces. 

You can’t tell if a material contains asbestos just by looking at it. Testing for asbestos by a licensed laboratory is the only way to know for sure. If you think it might be asbestos, play it safe and treat it like it is. 

Renovation and asbestos risk 

Renovations and home improvements can disturb asbestos-containing materials and be a serious health risk.  

Before starting work around the home, use the Asbestos Checker or talk to a licensed asbestos assessor.  

There is a higher risk of asbestos fibres contaminating your home during a renovation. Reduce the risk by using a licensed asbestos removalist.  



Renovations and home improvements can disturb asbestos-containing materials and be a serious health risk. Before starting work around the home, use the Asbestos Checker or talk to a licensed asbestos assessor.

Tenants and asbestos in rental properties 

If you’re renting a home in NSW, the owner is responsible for maintaining the property – including managing asbestos-containing materials. If you think you have asbestos in your rental property, tell the owner or your rental agent.  

Asbestos-containing materials in good condition are low risk. Talk to your property manager or contact your local council for more advice.