ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH)-- A Connecticut state Senator says there could be room for the law to change after contacted by the News 8 Investigators. It would change what commercial property owners would have to disclose to renters about what was in the space.
It all stems from the walls in the Rocky Hill business space that John Turek rented. Those walls held a secret.
"It's a chemical nightmare," said Turek.
Shortly after moving into the property, Turek, and the people he hired to set up AAS Custom Jeep, LLC. at Belamose Business Park reported feeling sick.
In a report first shown to the News 8 Investigators the state found dangerous levels of not just mold but levels of Hexavalent Chromium, a chemical linked to lung cancer and ulcers. Conn-OSHA called it in their report about the space "a serious hazard".
Turek says he moved into the space where the chemical was found but he wasn't told about the chemicals inside.
"How do you explain that to your girlfriend? Honey, I love you, but I've brought stuff home that can kill you," said Turek.
Now, one state Senator says there could be room for the law to change.
"I'm prepared to … raise bills next year to look into this legitimate issue, said Sen. Paul Doyle (D-Wethersfield). “[We will] see if we can move down this road to provide more protections to tenants and even potentially buyers of commercial properties."
Doyle says there is room for state laws to change. He is the vice chair of the housing committee and points to rules in residential housing. You have to be told about certain things there, but in commercial real estate there are no such rules.
“When we're dealing with a residential situation, if you were to buy a house we have state laws that say you have to disclose the condition of your condition of your premises or you have to pay three-hundred-dollars, said Doyle. “I've been a long time legislator in working with constituents all along the way, also in my full time job I'm a lawyer that deals with commercial releases and tenants. I've never heard of such a thing in my legislative or legal career."
Turek says that’s what he wants: To be apart of changing state law.
“I want to see a law on the books that stipulates if you rent a space -- I don't care from who or from where -- they have to dictate this is here, yes, this is a cleanup site, it has these chemicals and let them know before they jump in with both feet thinking it's clean."
Doyle expects certain amounts of backlash from the business community. Commercial realtors, who asked not to be identified, said the extra disclosure would create more paperwork for them, therefore they would not support it.
Turek says he has hired counsel and is planning on filing suit against many of the parties involved.
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