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Rental Companies Fined for Lead Lapses

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Three property management companies in Oregon and Idaho will pay more than $15,000 in fines for failure to disclose lead-based paint hazards to renters.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the fines for violations of the federal Lead-Based Paint Real Estate Notification and Disclosure Rule.

EPA Brochure

Landlords and property owners must provide renters and buyers with this EPA brochure on lead-paint hazards.

Sanctioned were:

The agreements assign Elite the largest fine ($12,000), with lesser fines levied against Advanced Management and Hill Rental, according to Consent Agreements and Final Orders in the case.

None of the companies responded Wednesday (June 26) to a request for comment.

Failure to Disclose

The companies failed to disclose information regarding lead paint and lead-based paint hazards to renters, based on a joint inspection by the EPA and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which jointly enforce the lead disclosure rules.

The rules require property management companies, real estate agencies, property owners, and sellers to inform potential renters or buyers of the presence of lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards in housing built before 1978.

Millions of U.S. homes built before 1978 still contain lead paint, sometimes under layers of newer paint.

Lead in Homes - EPA

Millions of U.S. homes still contain lead paint, much of it hiding under newer paint.

People can get lead in their bodies by breathing or swallowing lead dust; children may also accidentally eat soil or paint chips containing lead. Improperly removing lead-based paint can also increase the danger to family members.

EPA and HUD offer a Lead Disclosure Fact Sheet that spells out landlord and owner obligations under the rules. The obligations include distribution of a 19-page brochure, Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home.

About the Companies

According to its website, Elite rents properties in eight Oregon communities around Benton County. The site says owner Patricia Fawver "provides over 30 years of licensed management experience."

Hill Apartments
Hill Apartments

Three management companies, including Hill Rental Properties, were fined.

Advanced Management (AMI), founded in 2003, calls itself a "full-service management company specializing in apartments, small plexes and single-family homes."

Hill Properties rents apartments around the Palouse region of the Northwestern U.S. The region is home to the University of Idaho.


Tagged categories: Building owners; EPA; Housing; HUD; Lead; Lead Disclosure Rule; Maintenance + Renovation

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