However, it can turn off buyers and if you can afford to have it removed by licensed asbestos remediators, then it would be a very good move.
Remember that your house has a lot of competition when you go to sell it. Anything like this is likely to impact the price.
Whatever you do, do NOT attempt to remove this yourself! That is the worst thing you could possibly do. The particles can hang in the air for a very long time. Just do not touch the stuff.
I hear from many investors and would love to help you sell your Brooklyn property, so please feel free to send me an email for an appointment.
Karla Harby VP
Lic Real Estate Salesperson
Be prepared that a buyer will want you to address this.
I hope that helps. I cannot say whether it is 'legal' to sell the house 'as is' with asbestos, but you can expect potential buyers to ask that it be remediated. Still, that may not be nearly as difficult or expensive as you might think. In fact, it might pay to have an asbestos remediation company come take a look and give you an estimate on fixing the situation before you put it on the market.