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8 Landlords Settle EPA Lead-Paint Case

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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Seven associated Connecticut property management companies and one individual property owner have agreed to pay $48,000 to resolve allegations involving lead-based paint regulations.

The Environmental Protection Agency alleged that Hartford-based Rego Realty Corp., six affiliated companies and Roxana Garcia, an owner of a residential unit managed by Rego, violated EPA’s Lead Paint Disclosure requirements while renting 19 residential housing units.

Under the settlement announced July 21, the respondents are also required to provide compliance documentation to the EPA.

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Rego Realty owns and manages properties in Hartford, CT. The company has over 20 years of experience, according to information on its website.

The affiliated companies, all of which are headquartered in Hartford, are: Mancora Apartments LLC; Mochica Apartments LLC; Nazca Apartments LLC; Paracas Apartments LLC; Rosario Properties LLC; and Stephanie Properties.

Rego Realty did not respond Tuesday (Aug. 4) to a request for comment on the case. The company’s website says it has over 20 years of experience in the Hartford rental market.

Case Allegations

According to the settlement order, the companies and owner allegedly violated the federal law when they failed to provide tenants with lead-based paint disclosure information at 19 rental units rented between January 2011 and January 2013 in Hartford.

Overall, the companies provide about 600 rental units of housing around Hartford, much of which was built before 1978 when lead-based paints were still being used on residential properties.

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Under federal law, owners and managers of residential properties build prior to 1978 must provide prospective tenants notice about lead-based paint before signing a lease.

The properties involved in the case were located on Adelaide, Buckingham, Congress, Elliott, Hudson, Lincoln, Park, Wadsworth, Garden, and Winter Streets, Allen Place, and Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford.

The Lead-based Paint Disclosure Rule requires owners and managers of residential properties built before 1978 to provide prospective tenants notice about lead-based paint prior to signing a lease. 

The disclosure law is meant to ensure that prospective tenants have enough information about lead paint in general and at a property to make an informed decision about renting there, according to the EPA.

Lead-safe Work

The property owners must also ensure that any staff or contractors who do renovation, repair, or repainting in pre-1978 housing are trained and certified in lead-safe work practices, the EPA noted.

Thus, the companies agreed that their staff be properly trained to prevent releasing uncontrolled lead paint dust/debris during renovation, repair or painting work on suspected lead paint containing properties, the agency said.

Protecting Children, Adults

The lead rules are intended to protect people, especially children, from exposure to lead.

Exposure to lead can cause lowered intelligence, reading and learning disabilities, impaired hearing, reduced attention span, hyperactivity and behavior problems, according to the EPA.

Adults with high lead levels can suffer difficulties during pregnancy, high blood pressure, nervous system disorders, memory problems and muscle and joint pain, the agency added.

   

Tagged categories: Building owners; Enforcement; EPA; Health and safety; Lead; Lead Disclosure Rule; Regulations; Renovation

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