Landlord Sued by AG for Lead Paint Violations

Newton, MA -- Feb. 17, 2011 -- A Newton man has been sued by Attorney General Martha Coakley's office for violating state housing, lead paint, consumer protection and anti-discrimination laws. 

According to a press release issued Wednesday by Coakley's office, Keith L. Miller skirted state lead paint laws by discriminating against tenants with children.

Miller -- who manages at least 24 properties in Newton, Arlington, Chelsea and Brighton -- evicted some tenants with young children in addition to renting some apartments that contained lead paint to tenants with children, the release said.

Moreover, the AG's complaint says Miller also failed to notify tenants of potential lead paint in properties and made "misrepresentations" of lead paint in properties. He also failed to abate lead hazards in some of his properties, the complaint says.