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The content on this page applies to the Department of Infrastructure Public Sector Housing, although the other housing authorities apply similar rules and guidelines. If in doubt, contact your housing authority.

To get the best out of where you live and to keep the property in good order, we have a few essential tips on the care and maintenance of your home, as well as explaining the Department’s part in the process.

Keeping your home free from damp and mould

If your home is damp, it can cause mould on walls and furniture and make window frames rot. Damp housing encourages the growth of mould and mites and can increase the risk of respiratory illness. Some damp is caused by condensation, which is the most common cause of mould. Eliminating condensation can help your home be free of damp and mould it causes.

Asbestos in Older Homes

We are currently carrying out surveys to update our asbestos records. Older properties may contain asbestos in the fabric and finishes typically in older vinyl flooring, textured coatings and certain roofing materials. Although these items present a very low risk they should not be disturbed. Tenants are reminded to contact us if they wish to carry out any building work other than basic decoration. More information on asbestos in older houses can be found here.

Responsibility for taking care of your garden

You are responsible for making sure that your garden is kept neat and tidy. If you cannot do this because you are elderly or have a disability, we may be able to help you. If you fail to maintain your garden without good reason, we may take legal action against you or do the work and charge the costs to you.

Waste disposal

Your local authority is responsible for collecting household waste. If you have bulky items to dispose of, they may remove them for a small fee. However, fridges and freezers may incur an additional charge for degassing and disposal, depending on where you live.

If you allow waste to build up so that it causes a health hazard, the Department may arrange for its removal and charge you for the cost. If waste or unwanted household items are left in your property at the end of your tenancy, we will also charge you for clearing them.


Isle of Man Government has a dedicated recycling section. To learn more about the various recycling opportunities on the Island visit the Isle of Man Recycling website.

Safe disposal of waste to public sewers

Every day, the Island’s sewers and sewage treatment works struggle with items they are not equipped to deal with effectively. They are designed to treat and deal with human waste and toilet paper only. This matters because inconsiderate disposal of sanitary items can cause problems, including flooding your own home or someone else's. It also creates a health hazard in homes and the environment. This means that household waste should be dealt with in the proper fashion.

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