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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Springfield, Mass. Housing Authority Settles Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Case

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that the Springfield, Mass. Housing Authority will pay an $11,000 penalty for failing to inform tenants their apartments may contain lead-based paint, as required by law. 

In addition, the housing authority agreed to render apartment buildings at four of its properties lead safe at a cost of more than $49,500.According to HUD and EPA, the Springfield Housing Authority violated the federal Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (Residential Lead Act) by failing to inform people seeking to rent pre-1978 housing that their homes may contain potentially dangerous amounts of lead. 

This action was based on compliance inspections of the Springfield Housing Authority by EPA in 2007 and 2009.

Today's settlement should remind landlords and property owners that they have a legal responsibility to tell their tenants about known as well as potential lead-based paint hazards in their homes,” said Jon L. Gant, Director of HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. “HUD is committed to working with public housing authorities and other housing providers to make certain we protect...

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