An apartment complex owner and landlord faces a penalty of $83,575 for EPA charges of violating Federal Lead Paint Disclosure Rules.
The federal Disclosure Rule ensures that tenants and buyers of pre-1978 housing are given the proper information about lead paint and its risks before signing a contract or lease.
The property owner failed on several counts including failure to provide its tenants with lead hazard information pamphlets, failed to include lead warning statements in leases, failed to include a disclosure statement regarding lead-based paint and/or lead-bases paint hazards, and failed to include lists of records or reports pertaining to leas-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in leases.
“These settlements serve as an important reminder of the importance of using lead-safe practices to protect the health of our children and prevent lead poisoning,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
“At least four million households with children have lead paint, and over a half million children have elevated levels of lead in their blood. But lead exposure is preventable when you know what to look for and what to do,” Giles explained.