Union City, CA asked in Contracts, Personal Injury and Real Estate Law for California

Q: Asbestos contamination and complaints

A contractor was hired for remodeling in California

The contractor didn't test hazardous material in the condo before starting the work.

If the condo is contaminated. Whose shall fulfill the bill?

2 Lawyer Answers
George W. Wolff Esq.
George W. Wolff Esq.
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  • San Francisco, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Yes, you have potential liability if your contractor contaminated the neighbor's property.

How old is your building?

Were any tests done for asbestos before the work started?

To protect yourself you might want to hire an Industrial Hygenist or testing company to inspect your property and make sure it is not contaminated!

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Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
Answered
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Hopefully you hired a licensed contractor. The contractor should have insurance coverage. You should inquire to your contractor if they have liability insurance and also put them on notice of a possible claim... and while you are at it ask them if there is a possibility that your condo has asbestos and why didn't they safeguard against this.

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