MA landlord fined $6,000, lead-paint notification failure

(Boston, Mass. – May 3, 2011) – A landlord in Springfield, Mass., has agreed to pay $6,000 to settle EPA claims that tenants in a 99-unit building were not provided with information concerning lead paint, in violation of the federal lead-based paint disclosure requirements. These violations potentially put tenants at risk of exposure to lead-based paint hazards.

According to EPA’s New England office, the owners of 122 Chestnut LLC allegedly violated the Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Rule on several occasions in 2007, 2008 and 2009 when they failed to disclose information about lead-based paint prior to leasing 10 apartments in the building. Specifically, 122 Chestnut LLC failed to provide a copy of EPA’s lead hazard information pamphlet, Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home, to the tenants and failed to ensure that the contract to lease included a lead warning statement.

According to EPA, the landlord also failed to include, as an attachment or within the lease, a list of records or reports regarding lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards or indicate that no such list exists.  This action stems from a July 15, 2008 inspection of the property by EPA.