Renters with exceptional document retention can now find out if they were Mr Fluffy exposed

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THE Environment and Planning Directorate (EPD) and the Asbestos Response Taskforce have announced a process to allow former tenants and homeowners to find out if a property they once resided in contained loose-fill asbestos and was part of an asbestos removal program.

It is now possible for a former owner or tenant who can prove a connection with an address (ie. through a rates notice, utilities or rental statement, or express permission of current owner etc) to apply to EPD for a response.

This can be done by completing the form that is available from the EPD website.

Completed forms and attachments can be scanned and emailed to esddbuildingcounter@act.gov.au hand delivered to the EPD Customer Service Centre, 8 Darling Street Mitchell which is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) or posted to EPD – Building Counter, Mitchell Customer Service Centre, PO Box 158 , Canberra ACT 2601.

There is no cost associated with this process.

The EPD asks that before making an enquiry readers consider:

  • Mr Fluffy ceased operating in the ACT between 1978 and 1979
  • Directly asking your previous landlord or real estate agent for advice
  • Finding out more information about the Loose Asbestos Removal Program by visiting the Asbestos website www.asbestos.act.gov.au or the Taskforce at www.act.gov.au/asbestostaskforce

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