Housing renters are PCBus (persons with a business or business) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. They face all the risks associated with asbestos when the work is carried out on their land. The aim is to ensure the health and safety of tenants, neighbours, contractors and all other parties involved. You are required to report damage to the premises as soon as possible after learning of the damage. For example, if there has been storm damage and you have noticed that part of the ceiling is disintegrating, releasing asbestos, write to the owner/agent and insist that they arrange repairs. Write them a letter (photos, if possible) and tell them what needs to be repaired when. Give a clear deadline. Keep a copy of the letter and a record of all conversations as proof that you have notified them. A former tenant who has acquired his property from the local authority or a registered social renter may take action against the local authority, the registered social landlord or the contractor, if he can prove that the property was not properly constructed.
 However, it seems difficult to prove this, particularly with respect to old real estate built before the owner could reasonably foresee the dangers of asbestos. The mere presence of asbestos/lead on farms does not lead them to be in a state of degradation. In NSW, bulk insulation premises filled with asbestos are kept in a public register on the NSW Fair Trading website. Also known as the LFAI-Register, you can check if your home is registered. Your landlord/representative must tell you if the premises are included in this register. This requirement is ongoing, i.e. the lessor/representative must inform you before signing the contract with you or at any time during the lease when the premises are registered in the LFAI register. The use of asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999, but can still be found in many properties. Owners should expect asbestos to be present in all buildings by 2000. If a landlord or tenant has a suspicion of asbestos, they can ask their municipality for a review.
Tests will determine whether or not asbestos is present and in what condition it is. The Air Health and Safety Rating System Use Manual states that an assessment should include the identification of asbestos in housing, assessment of asbestos`s vulnerability to damage, and the extent of current damage and possible fibre release. If so, the type of asbestos must also be identified. Sampling may be required to confirm the presence of asbestos and the species.  In Gannon/Department of Transport – Regional Services (Tenancy)  NSWCTTT 793, the court found that the lessor had breached the lease but had not ordered compensation because of the lack of independent evidence and a late application. Always be careful when it comes to asbestos. If you suspect or know asbestos on your premises, contact a specialist to make sure that neither you nor your tenants are in danger. The owner of a rental property is legally responsible for the risk associated with asbestos in the property.