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Compulsory from 2022 when selling your home: the asbestos certificate

Do you want to sell a house that was built before 2001?


Then from 2022 you must submit an asbestos certificate test to potential buyers. And by 2032, every owner must have such a certificate.


Are you renting out a property? Then, as the owner, you must provide a copy to the tenant in the future. 

Construction site Livios put all the facts together.

Asbestos certificate mandatory for sellers by 2022

From 2022, an asbestos certificate will be mandatory for those who sell their home older than 2001.


An asbestos expert will draw up an inventory and register it in the OVAM database. Based on this, you will receive a valid asbestos inventory certificate from OVAM. This states which materials or parts of your home contain asbestos, what the state of the asbestos is and how you can safely manage or remove it.


By 2032, every owner must have such a certificate. Attention: when renting, the owner will have to provide a copy of this certificate to the tenants.

Remove asbestos

If you are going to carry out a (total) renovation, it is therefore important to consider asbestos.


Consult your architect and ensure that you safely remove asbestos applications that are accessible. In this way you avoid that the applications become inaccessible again and the subsequent owners are left with them.


Do you want to remove asbestos in a safe way? 

How to remove asbestos?

BY EDITOR LIVIOS: Then follow this step-by-step plan.

Do you fear that asbestos may be released and do you want to get rid of it as soon as possible? Or do you want it remove moss on your slate? Then realize that this is not without danger. Leave these works to specialists who have the necessary knowledge and protective equipment.

In good condition? Stay away, but…

When asbestos-containing materials are still in good condition, it is usually recommended to stay away from them. However, they can still become dangerous over time. If you see that these materials are damaged or weathered, it is best to intervene.

Caution is key here. Do not grind, drill, break or knock yourself, which may release carcinogenic substances. In such a case, call on a recognized asbestos remover. The price you pay for this does not outweigh the possible negative consequences.

Do not treat with high pressure…

Solar panels laying on a roof containing asbestos is also not allowed. In such a case, it is better to have your roof covering replaced by a new, asbestos-free material.

In addition, demossing or cleaning a material containing asbestos is not without danger. It is definitely not recommended to handle these materials with de pressure washer. The force of the water jet releases a high concentration of asbestos fibres.

… and certainly not reuse

It goes without saying, but do not reuse any of these materials. The slightest treatment can release these fibers.

You can remove corrugated sheets that are easy to unscrew yourself in a responsible manner. To prevent fibers from being released, gently spray the material with water. Then carefully remove the material. Do not use grinding wheels or demolition hammers here and make sure that everything remains intact and does not break.

If you remove asbestos indoors, ensure good ventilation and clean everything thoroughly afterwards.


Not with the vacuum cleaner, because it blows any fibers back into the air. Disposable clothing is also recommended, so that you certainly do not bring harmful particles back into the house.

To container park?

You can take a limited amount of asbestos waste to the container park of your municipality free of charge. It is possible that they refuse large quantities. It is therefore best to inquire in advance with the intermunicipal company or the environmental service of your municipality.

Only so-called bonded asbestos cement in good condition is welcome. Your asbestos waste must also always be kept separate from the rest of your (demolition) waste. Moreover, it must not be loose or difficult to remove asbestos.


In that case, a recognized asbestos remover will take care of the removal of the material. Finally, you can also call on collectors registered for asbestos waste.

Infographic: where can you encounter asbestos?

Recognition: Asbestos: companies recognized for demolition or removal works

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