Can I remove asbestos from my own single family home?

Only if it is a 1-family owner-occupied home, an owner can remove asbestos from their own home. If it is a 2-family dwelling or more, or a commercial/industrial building, a licensed New York State certified contractor must do asbestos abatement. The owner of a 1 family occupied home can remove asbestos, but it must be properly disposed of. The home owner can put it to the curb, but the City of Buffalo reserves the right to not pick it up. It is recommended that the owner water-soak asbestos prior to removal, and double-bag it in contractors' garbage bags. For more information please call the NYS Department of Labor, who oversees asbestos removal, at 716-847-7126.

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1. Who owns the lot after demolition?
2. Does the City of Buffalo sow grass seed after demolition, grading and leveling?
3. Does the City develop lots after demolition, with topsoil, landscaping, etc.?
4. How long is the city responsible for grading and leveling of lots?
5. What about high grass and weeds after demolition?
6. What about using a hose to keep dust down during demolition?
7. Who monitors demolitions?
8. Who assures that asbestos has been removed from buildings that are to be demolished?
9. Can I remove asbestos from my own single family home?