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Copyright © Gremlin 2006

I finally tracked down the real punchline: the Rental Agreement Addendum I had to sign to indicate that I was aware of the asbestos in the ceilings; fortunately, the thing doesn't absolve FirstPacific of their criminal reckless endangerment every time their ceilings erupt.

Welcome to a property owned and controlled by:
First Pacific Investments
870 North Point Suite A
San Francisco, California 94109
Tel (415) 409-6200
Fax (415) 409-6300

I knew I had this thing around here somewhere. This might be important to note....

Rental Agreement Addendum
Asbestos Addendum

Resident: ____________________________________________________________ Unit #: _______________

An assessment of this apartment community was undertaken to determine if any of the building material consists of asbestos. Asbestos is a material, which has been widely used in construction for fire proofing, insulation and accoustical purposes. As a result of our assessment, some asbestos material was found in the spray applied acoustical ceiling in the buildings. While the accoustical ceiling remains intact, they pose NO health threats. Damaged asbestos may pose a health threat.

Certain precautions and maintenance procedures have been established for the apartments to ensure the materials containing asbestos are not disturbed or handled by untrained persons. Therefore, all maintenance and repairs concerning asbestos contained materials must be perfomed by trained personnel. We request your cooperation so we may provide a safe environment for you and all our residents.

The following rules must be observed:

DO NOT     

Disturb the ceiling by drilling holes, sweeping cobwebs, etc. If you accidentally cause the sprayed ceiling to become loose and/or it becomes dislodged from the ceiling, do not touch the ceiling and call our maintenance personnel.

DO NOT

Drill, sand, saw, grind, or remove any type of floor covering tile or linoleum.

DO

Obtain written permission from the Resident Manager prior to perform [sic] any maintenance or repair activities in your apartment or the apartment complex.

DO

Call maintenance personnel to perform any activities for you, which may otherwise effect [sic] the accoustical spray on the ceiling.

DO

Report any water leaks or ceiling damage to the Resident Manager

Resident agrees to comply witht he aforementioned rules. If the aforementioned rules are violated and as a result an asbestos repair is deemed necessary, the resident may be charged for any work performed.

Resident understands that an asbestos repair may occur at some point of his/her residency at Meadow Lark. In such event at Landlords [sic] cost, Resident agrees to move to a fully furnished apartment at the community, or to a nearby hotel of the Landlord's choice for the period it takes to complete the repair.

______________________________________________________   

_____________________

Resident Signature

Date


 

 

______________________________________________________   

_____________________

Resident Signature

Date


 

 

______________________________________________________   

_____________________

Owner/Agent

Date


 

 

So, I followed all the rules correctly. It just didn't do a lot of good. Instead, it allowed me to inhale asbestos all year.

I wonder what First Pacific Investments' stock is selling for. Clearly, notwithstanding the odd lawsuit, they're making far more for their investors than they're actually spending....

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