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Landlords Warned of Cost of Tenants' Waste Mishaps

February 28, 1988

Landlords may find themselves paying first, and recovering costs later, when tenants are responsible for hazardous-waste accidents.

"The government is more concerned with quickly correcting an actual or even threatened release of hazardous materials than with who is at fault," said Robert D. Infelise, a partner with the law firm of Cox, Castle & Nicholson.

Government agencies may turn to the landlord as well as the tenant when an accident occurs or contamination is discovered, the attorney said.

To avoid trouble, a landlord must be able to prove that he did everything he could to prevent the problem and secondly that the problem was not foreseeable.

Landlords should get a soils report when acquiring property and be diligent in enforcing all lease conditions, the attorney added.

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