Sample Letter to Landlord: Deteriorating Asbestos

How to alert your landlord of a potential asbestos health hazard in your apartment or rental unit

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Federal OSHA regulations on workplace standards for the testing, maintenance, and disclosure of asbestos, landlords are responsible for dealing with the risks posed by asbestos. If you live in an older building and suspect that there is asbestos on the premises that is potentially dangerous, ask your landlord, in writing, to have the material inspected by a trained asbestos professional. The Sample Letter to Landlord Regarding Deteriorating Asbestos shown below provides a model for writing this type of letter. Keep copies of your letter. It will provide proof if you end up moving out or seeking other legal remedies if the landlord failed to take the right steps regarding an environmental health hazard.