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    Re: Express your opinion on Mold regulation

    Posted by ff on 2/16/04


    The issue is whether contractors should be regulated, for which
    only one of the requirements would be that the contactor carry
    liability insurance.

    What do you think?


    On 2/16/04, Mary wrote:
    > Hello Phares:
    > So, do I read this correctly? You recommend that potential
    > customers check for the availability of liability insurance
    > before checking their references and qualifications? Or have I
    > got that goofed up?
    > Best Regards,
    > Mary
    > On 2/15/04, Phares Heindl wrote:
    >> On 2/13/04, Phares Heindl wrote:
    >>> ASTOR, Fla. -- A Central Florida woman is blaming toxic
    >>> mold for stealing her health.
    >>> To add to her woes, when a mold removal specialist showed
    >>> up, the condition went from bad to worse, WESH NewsChannel
    >>> 2 reported.
    >>> Deborah Calloway, 43, lost part of her lung last year. Her
    >>> doctors blame toxic mold.
    >>> "[There was] never nothing wrong with me; perfect health. I
    >>> was on the go 24-7," Calloway said.
    >>> Contractor Micah Bass is working on Calloway's home to get
    >>> rid of the mold. Another contractor botched the job, and
    >>> that's the problem. Many people decide they know how to get
    >>> rid of toxic mold, but Florida doesn't regulate the
    >>> industry. Anyone can hang out a shingle and try to get a
    >>> mold removal job. The risks are mounting.
    >>> Altamonte Springs attorney Phares Heindl represents mold-
    >>> affected clients. Because of a lack of state regulation,
    >>> here's one safeguard to take.
    >>> "One of the things you should look for if you're going to
    >>> hire a mold remediatior. Do they have liability insurance?
    >>> Because if they don't remediate the home right, someone's
    >>> going to have to be held responsible for that," Heindl said.
    >>> Those seeking mold removal can also protect themselves by
    >>> calling the Better Business Bureau. When a company is
    >>> located, references can be checked with past customers. The
    >>> same company shouldn't be hired to inspect and remove mold.
    >>> By keeping the inspector and removal specialist separate,
    >>> experts said customers are more likely to get honest work.
    >>> Alan and Deborah Calloway learned the hard way the price of
    >>> an industry unregulated.
    >>> To comment on this story, send an e-mail to Kathy Marsh.
    >> So far 89&37; favor regulation.

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