Brokers Beware

Earlier this month, a Natick real estate broker was fined $41,235 by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for improper removal of asbestos.

According to the Metrowest Daily News:

The broker, David J. Oliveri, said he was not involved in the removal, though, and had been told by the contractor he hired to perform the work that they knew how to do it.

"I never saw it, touched it, nothing," he said, adding he had no financial incentive to skirt the state's regulations.

According to the DEP, Oliveri, who works for Prudential Lenmar Realty, arranged for a general contractor without an asbestos license to remove asbestos insulation from a Worcester home in February 2009.

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