What is a Landowner’s Responsibility When It Comes to Asbestos?
If you are renting a home or apartment, and are concerned that there is asbestos in the property, you may reasonably become concerned. After all, asbestos has been linked to many diseases, a large number of which are incurable, and some of which can even become terminal. However, before becoming confrontational you may be interested to learn what role a landlord has when a property has asbestos in it. This will give you an idea of what to expect from your landlord, so you can assess whether or not they are responding to your concerns appropriately.
Your landlord is not required to disclose the presence of asbestos in an apartment or home before renting out the property. However, if you are concerned there is a high level of asbestos that could be damaging to health, you are within your rights to ask the landlord to hire a professional for asbestos survey reports. You should submit this request in writing to your landlord.
If high levels of asbestos are found within the dwelling, then your landlord must remove them. If you have complicating health factors that will make staying in the apartment while removal takes place harmful to you, then the landlord should provide temporary alternative housing. You should also submit this request in writing. If they do not have any vacancies, then they may have to pay for alternative housing at a local hotel until the asbestos removal is complete. If your landlord is not cooperative then you may want to speak to someone at your local housing authority to gain legal help.
Contact us at Artisan Surveyors today for information and advice about asbestos.