An Oregon landlord has agreed to pay a penalty of $24,600 to settle violations of lead-paint disclosure laws involving two properties in Klamath Falls, Ore.
|The Lead Disclosure Rule, authorized by the Residential Lead Act, requires home sellers and landlords of housing built before 1978 to provide an EPA-approved Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home pamphlet and warn of the hazards of lead-based paint to purchasers and tenants.|
The Curtis O. Baney Marital Trust failed to notify tenants of potential lead-paint risks in the Cimarron and Maverick Apartments, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA said that from 2007 to 2010, the trust leased 50 residential units numerous times and failed to notify multiple tenants about the potential presence of lead paint and lead-based paint hazards.
The failure to notify renters is a violation of a federal law designed to protect tenants from lead-based paint hazards in pre-1978 housing.
In addition, EPA said the property owner ensured that future residents of the apartments will receive required information about lead hazards around homes and apartments.
“People have a right to know about lead hazards prior to moving into an apartment or house,” said Rick Albright, director of EPA’s Office of Air, Waste and Toxics in Seattle. “Landlords, property managers and home sellers have a responsibility to inform people about lead risks, and they can do this by simply giving potential tenants available records and a short pamphlet that explains lead hazards.”
More information on lead-based paint hazards: www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/brochure.htm.