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MD Landlords in Hot Water over Lead

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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Seventeen property owners in Maryland are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for allegedly disobeying the state's lead regulations.

The Maryland Department of the Environment announced the enforcement actions Aug. 15. The cases, listed below, involve alleged violations of Maryland’s Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act.

In each case, the proposed fines range from $6,000 to $80,000.

Maryland housing
Baltimore City Health Department

Maryland's Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing law requires owners of rental properties built before 1950 to register their units with the MDE, distribute specific educational materials, and meet specific lead paint risk reduction standards.

Under the 1994 law, owners of rental properties constructed before 1950 are required to register their units with the MDE, distribute specific educational materials, and meet specific lead paint risk reduction standards.

Alleged violations of the state’s lead law typically involve a failure to register properties or meet lead risk reduction standards, according to the agency.

EPA Pamphlet
EPA

Landlords and property owners are required to give tenants education materials, such as the Environmental Protection Agency's "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home Pamphlet."

The agency listed the property owners, number of affected properties and summarized the recent enforcement actions as follows.

  • Athena Properties Inc. (Berlin and Stockton, Worcester County): 3 affected properties – On May 20, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $44,000 for alleged violations.
  • Herbert H. Parker (Aberdeen, Harford County): 1 affected property – On May 21, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • Domenico Petrucci and Victoria Petrucci (Baltimore City): 1 affected property – On June 3, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $22,000 for alleged violations.
  • Gail Hull and James T. Tarrance (Salisbury, Wicomico County): 1 affected property – On June 4, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $25,000 for alleged violations.
  • Darryl A. Hill and Erica M. Hill (Baltimore City):  2 affected properties – On June 4, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $6,500.
  • Abdalatti Elghannam and Gul Sher (Baltimore City):  1 affected property – On June 10, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $6,000.
  • George A. Feilinger (Havre de Grace and Whiteford, Harford County):  2 affected properties – On June 18, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $33,000 for alleged violations.
  • Carsins Run Properties LLC (Aberdeen, Havre de Grace and Perryman, Harford County):  18 affected properties – On June 26, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $80,000 for alleged violations.
  • Carrie Jones (Baltimore City):  3 affected properties – On June 26, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $31,000 for alleged violations.
  • Robert J. Osborne and Richard W. Osborne (Baltimore City): 1 affected property – On June 28, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $38,500 for alleged violations.
  • Benjamin Bridges (Baltimore City):  4 affected properties – On July 2, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $35,000 for alleged violations.
  • Frank Willetts and Danielle Willetts (Cumberland, Allegany County):  1 affected property – On July 2, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $14,500 for alleged violations.
  • Tritex Real Estate Advisors Inc. (Baltimore City):  11 affected properties – On July 3, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,000 for alleged violations.
  • Eric John Little (Baltimore City):  1 affected property – On July 3, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $28,000 for alleged violations.
  • James C. Epps, Sr. (Baltimore City):  1 affected property – On July 3, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • Blondell Blassingame and Reco Blassingame (Baltimore City):  6 affected properties – On July 3, 2013, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $10,000 for alleged violations.
  • Wayne E. Putman (Funkstown and Smithsburg, Washington County):  4 affected properties – On June 28, 2013, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $6,000.

“The Maryland Department of the Environment's top priority is to protect public health and our environment,” said MDE Secretary Robert M. Summers.

“A consistent baseline of enforcement action prevents further pollution and risks to public health,” he said.

   

Tagged categories: Enforcement; Government; Health and safety; Lead

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