A residential property-management company in Springfield, Mass., has agreed to pay a $6,000 civil penalty to settle Environmental Protection Agency claims that it failed to provide tenants in a 99-unit building with information about lead paint as required by law.
EPA’s Region 1 Office in Boston alleges that 122 Chesnut LLC violated the Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Rule on several occasions in 2007, 2008 and 2009 when the company failed to disclose information about lead-based paint prior to leasing 10 apartments in the building.
Specifically, EPA said the company 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.
The landlord also failed to include, as an attachment or within the lease itself, a list of records or reports regarding lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards or indicate that no such list exists.
The allegations stem from a July 15, 2008, EPA inspection of the property.
Lead-based paint health hazards; Lead-based paint disclosure rule.