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Strata premises built before 1980 may contain loose-fill asbestos insulation and owners and tenants of affected residential strata properties may be eligible for financial assistance.

If an accredited laboratory testing facility confirms that a property contains loose-fill asbestos insulation, owners may be eligible for the Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program (the Program).

Owners of properties that belong to a strata scheme cannot participate individually in the Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program as the scheme as a whole will be impacted should testing confirm the presence of Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation.

Registrations for free testing for loose-fill asbestos insulation have now closed. To have been eligible for free testing, strata schemes will have lodged their intent to register with Fair Trading prior to the 2016 deadline and followed up by sending the approved special resolution to Fair Trading before 31 March 2017. 

Strata schemes that did not register for free testing prior to the 2016 registration deadline and are concerned that the property may contain LFAI should arrange for sample testing at their own expense.

Arrange your own testing

If the strata scheme did not lodge their intent to register prior to the registration deadline and there is concern that the property contains loose-fill asbestos insulation, the scheme should arrange for an LAA to conduct a sample test at their own expense. To find out more, go to the Testing for loose-fill asbestos web page or if you want to search for a Licensed Asbestos Assessor in your area go to the SafeWork NSW search page.

Enter your search requirements by selecting "licensed asbestos assessor" and the relevant region in NSW.

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Implications for owners if a strata scheme contains LFAI 

Lot owners should be aware of the implications of a strata scheme being found to contain loose-fill asbestos insulation. Visit the New Laws page on the NSW Fair Trading website for more information. Lot owners and tenants of affected properties are potentially eligible for a range of assistance measures under the Government's Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program.

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