NY luxury condo residents fearful about asbestos in their homes

18 Sep 2018 by under Legal

New York City Pixabay 100x100 NY luxury condo residents fearful about asbestos in their homesMark Aldridge and Maria Manchisi paid nearly $3 million for their luxury Upper East Side condominium at Carnegie Park only to learn that their home contained cancer causing asbestos. Now they and four other residents of the doorman building are suing the developer, the , alleging the company “knew they were selling apartments with -containing materials,” but did not warn homebuyers.

The building at 200 E. 94th Street contained rental apartments that in 2015 had been renovated and sold as condominiums by Related Companies. The company’s offering plan specified that the homes were asbestos free. Yet some homes in the building contained mastic under the wooden floors. Mastic is a high-grade construction adhesive commonly used to bond ceiling, wall and floor tiles, plywood panels, concrete, asphalt, leather and fabric. It often contains asbestos, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has guidelines for safe and effective removal of the material.

Residents suing the Related Companies say that renovations on the condominiums were not done following special asbestos safety measures. As a result, the residents say they have suffered “psychological” damage from knowing they were living with a cancer-causing substance.

Asbestos is a durable, flame-resistant mineral that was widely used to make various construction products like floor tiles and insulation until the 1980s when its use was restricted due to health risks. Asbestos exposure can cause serious diseases like the incurable lung ailment asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining that surrounds the lungs, abdomen and other internal organs. Asbestos cancer can take decades to develop. Once symptoms present, the prognosis is generally poor.

Source: New York Post

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