Low rise and high rise flats

Asbestos

You need to know where asbestos is, so you can leave it undisturbed as far as possible.

Precast concrete and system construction

Most of these buildings are now insulated with overcladding.

Flat roofs

May be covered in a number of materials, but should never be completely flat.

Non-traditional wall types

It may be hard to detect your building type, since many of these buildings have now been overclad.

External brick, block, and render walls

Cavity brick and rendered block walls were in common use post-war.

Estate landscaping

It looks like public space but some owners have to pay to maintain these areas.

Balconies

May be a cause of cold and damp, especially if the rest of the building has been overclad.

Pitched roofs

Post-war flats had roofs like those on older tenements but concrete tiles were used.

Drainage and drainpipes

Cracked, blocked, and leaking drainpipes saturate walls, leading to cold, damp, and rot.

Services

Gas, water, electricity, communal aerials, and lifts – when do they become your responsibility?

Cladding

Many high-rise blocks and social housing tenements have now been overclad with external wall insulation to make the flats warmer.

Asbestos

You need to know where asbestos is, so you can leave it undisturbed as far as possible.

Precast concrete and system construction

Most of these buildings are now insulated with overcladding.

Flat roofs

May be covered in a number of materials, but should never be completely flat.

Non-traditional wall types

It may be hard to detect your building type, since many of these buildings have now been overclad.

External brick, block, and render walls

Cavity brick and rendered block walls were in common use post-war.

Estate landscaping

It looks like public space but some owners have to pay to maintain these areas.

Balconies

May be a cause of cold and damp, especially if the rest of the building has been overclad.

Pitched roofs

Post-war flats had roofs like those on older tenements but concrete tiles were used.

Drainage and drainpipes

Cracked, blocked, and leaking drainpipes saturate walls, leading to cold, damp, and rot.

Services

Gas, water, electricity, communal aerials, and lifts – when do they become your responsibility?

Cladding

Many high-rise blocks and social housing tenements have now been overclad with external wall insulation to make the flats warmer.

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