More than 70 properties known to contain asbestos

Another home has tested positive for loose-fill asbestos, reinforcing the compliance obligations that apply to agents.

NSW Fair Trading has reported that a property in Queanbeyan, near Canberra, has tested positive for loose-fill asbestos insulation, making it the 72nd property in NSW known to be contaminated.

A free government testing program has so far discovered the material in 15 properties – seven in Queanbeyan, six in Berrigan Shire and one each in Yass Valley and Greater Hume.

Another 57 affected properties were identified by a search of historical records.

As REB reported in April, agents who handle properties with loose-fill asbestos insulation have a duty of care to their clients and any tradespeople they hire.

“They also have a commitment to act honestly, fairly and professionally at all times, plus disclose whether a property contains loose-fill asbestos to prospective buyers and tenants,” according to Dave Owens, chair of the NSW Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation Taskforce.

In June, the NSW Government announced a voluntary purchase and demolition program for all residential property owners with loose-fill asbestos insulation contamination.

According to the latest figures, 3,569 premises have registered for the free sampling service and 2,291 properties have been tested.

[Related: Agents ‘now expected to be across’ asbestos]

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