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Did landlord improperly dispose of asbestos during abatement?

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2020 | Mesothelioma

With all of the other issues confronting Ohio residents right now, the last thing they should have to worry about is contracting a disease called mesothelioma. This often-lethal cancer occurs almost exclusively due to exposure to asbestos. Many of the older buildings here and across the country contain materials made with this toxic substance that are not necessarily dangerous unless the materials are disturbed in some way such as during a demolition or renovation.

If a property owner is overseeing renovations in a building and asbestos is discovered, all work should halt in order to take the proper precautions to protect those in the building, remove it and dispose of it. A tenant in an office building in another state claims that the property owner failed to properly dispose of the asbestos found in the offices. After obtaining this information, the tenant moved out of the building.

The former tenant of the Texas office building say the organization was told by a former contractor that the property owner gave instructions to dispose of the asbestos-laden materials in a dumpster behind the building. The tenant claims to have evidence that backs up that assertion. The former tenant was going to let other tenants in the building know about the danger when the landlord filed a breach of contract lawsuit for allegedly breaking the lease.

The question here is whether the landlord attempted to avoid the time and expense of asbestos abatement by not taking the proper steps when it was discovered. The sad part is that this scenario could happen here in Ohio just as easily. When people put money before the lives of others, many would agree they should face legal action for it, which may be a possibility.


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