I've been renting the house I'm living in for 5 years now. I just looked in the attic and found that it has vermiculite

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Customer: Hello I've been renting the house I'm living in for 5 years now. I just looked in the attic and found that it has vermiculite for insulation. Does my landlord need to get someone in to remove it and install approved insulation.
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Sorry is this the USA. I'm in Canada.
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: The only thing that I've done is check online to see what the insulation is.
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Well if this is the USA, I don't think they'll be able to help.
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Hello and Welcome to JustAnswer. My name is***** will be working on your question today and I am looking forward to our conversation.

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Please note that the experts don’t text so there may be a bit of a delay. If you don’t answer back for a while I may not be online when you do but I will never desert you and will check back often. As well, as I am working from home it is possible that I will be interrupted but I will always return back as soon as I can.

I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

What province are you in please?

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I will check back in the morning.

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Hello. Sorry I got busy. I live in British Columbia.
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In BC you are covered by the residential tenancies act. The act provides that the landlord must keep your home in estate a good repair and clearly the landlord must keep your home in a state that is fit for habitation.

If there is asbestos in your vermiculite then the landlord has to take all reasonable steps to protect you which would involve removing the asbestos and potentially involve providing you with an alternative accommodation during the process if necessary.

Your next step should be to provide the landlord with a demand in writing. If they do not comply you will then take your landlord to the residential tenancy's office for an order requiring them to make the necessary repairs to rectify this dangerous situation.

Does that help as a starting point?

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