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TENANTS MAY SUE BIRMINGHAM CITY OVER ASBESTOS

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Tenants who bought their homes from Birmingham city council and then discovered the buildings contained asbestos ar...
Tenants who bought their homes from Birmingham city council and then discovered the buildings contained asbestos are to take legal action against the authority.

The Birmingham Post (p4) reports that more than 150 former council homes have been identified as containing asbestos.

Tenants action groups have asked the council to buy back their homes or pay for the removal of the asbestos, but remedial work to the homes would cost about£1.5m and the council has no legal obligation to them, says the paper.

A council committee report into the issue says: 'In right to buy sales completed after January 7, 1987 the council has been under an obligation to disclose any known structural defects.

'The presence of asbestos is not considered to be a structural defect within the legal definition of the term.'
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