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Did you purchase contaminated commercial property?

One of the biggest parts of your business overhead is the cost of the physical location of your company. For some entrepreneurs, this is as simple as a room in their homes. Others may rent office space in a building. Some business owners want the control of owning their own commercial property.

When you looked for a place to purchase for your business, you had many things to consider. Price and location were among the most important factors, but you also wanted to have a solid idea of the condition of the building and its property. While you expected the seller to comply with Texas laws for disclosing material defects and other concerns, this does not always happen. You may find you have purchased a property with serious environmental contamination.

Did you get all the information?

Your inspector may have located problems like mold, but certain commercial properties may have different kinds of hazards. Depending on how the previous owners or tenants used the property, you may be dealing with serious and potentially expensive cleanups that become your problem when you purchase the property. Some of the most common environmental contaminations include the following:

  • If the previous occupant of the property ran a gas station or auto repair shop, your property may be contaminated with improperly discarded oil, coolant or other volatile organic compounds that could sink into the soil or underground water systems.
  • The government had few regulations over industrial facilities before the 1970s, but even current businesses may try to skirt disposal fees by dumping waste chemicals into disposal pits.
  • Some unscrupulous commercial business owners allow chemicals or VOCs into the water system by flushing them down the drain.
  • Dry cleaning businesses use potentially deadly chemicals in their processes and often leave behind contamination when they vacate a property.
  • Underground storage tanks are the cause of many environmental issues because they decay and leak over time.

In fact, even modern USTs are not foolproof. A leaking storage tank allows petroleum products into the ground, water systems and even the buildings on nearby properties potentially creating a health hazard for which you may be responsible.

If you purchased a commercial property that you now realize has environmental contamination, there is the chance that the seller did not fully disclose the condition or history of the property. You may wish to reach out to an attorney for advice about your options, especially if you are facing an expensive cleanup or mitigation process.

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