My housing association is insisting that no further repairs will be done until an asbetos test is done throughout the whole flat.
So far they have refused to complete heating repairs which were outstanding before the asbestos tests were even mentioned; (Those repairs have taken over 18 months so far. Suffice to say we had no working heating for over ten years and then they installed two new heaters, both of which stopped working within a month of switching them on and another heater has yet to be installed, been waiting since the beginning of last year for that one.) and not replaced the front door which they insisted needed replacing.
Anyway the HA keep sending different workmen round, all demanding in to do this asbestos test, keep phoning to arrange appointments then they don’t show, and increasingly threatening letters demanding full access to every room in the flat.
The companies doing this on the HA’s behalf are all subcontractors and when you phone to sapeak to them they don’t have a clue what they are doing or what you are talking about, that is if they even pick up the phone.
I have spoken with neighbours. Our immeidate neighbour said they had the same asbestos testing done FOUR times, each round of testers saying they have no record of previous testing!
Others in the block have had the testing done, most have not as yet. Yes the HA is apparently testing every single property it has.
What are the odds that if our neighbours are asbestos free that we are as well.
The whole thing feels intrusive and threatening, not to mention being handled by incompetent buffoons!
Can we refuse the testing? What grounds do they have to refuse to do any repairs at all until testing is done?
Also this is not an uncommon pattern with this HA. We are supposed to be getting new loft insulation. So far in the past 3 years we’ve had numerous surveyers round taking measurements, all without an appointment demanding immediate access. Each one saying they have to take new measurements as the last ones were wrong/lost/etc. We still haven’t had new loft insulation. We now refuse them entry and tell them to make an appointment, and then never hear another thing until the next surveyore comes knocking wanting in.
Plus almost every repair/work they have previuolsy done has been poor and substandard eg new kitchen installed left us with yellow/black/purple mould growing inside the cupboards, which they refused to do anything about. We had to fix ourselves at our expense. A new bathroom was installed. The new toilet spewed sewage all over the bathroom floor every time it was flushed. They refused to fix as they said there was nothing wrong with it. They left it like it for 3 years. Eventually we got a plumber in who took one at it and knew immediately what was wrong. They had put the wrong sewage connection pipe on. He fixed it within 15 minutes!
Needless to say our HA is next to useless, most minor repairs we now do ourselves! It’s just this asbestos testing which is almost bordering on harrassment now!