Rhode Island Property Owner Faces Fine for Failing to Notify Tenants about Potential Lead Hazards

July 23rd, 2012 by DWM Magazine

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that a Rhode Island company faces a penalty of up to $421,900 for repeatedly violating federal lead-based paint disclosure laws and regulations when leasing residential property in Providence.

A recent EPA complaint alleges that Private Reserve Properties LLC failed to notify prospective tenants, including families with young children, about potential lead-paint hazards in housing owned by the company, as required by the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 and the Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Rule.

Private Reserve Properties owns about 50 properties, with about 130 rental units, throughout Providence. Many of the company’s holdings, including several subject to the complaint, are in environmental justice areas, which have higher than average rates of poverty, according to the EPA.

The complaint asserts 61 violations of the federal disclosure requirements associated with 16 leases signed between 2009 and 2011. According to the complaint, Private Reserve Properties failed to disclose the presence of lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards in its housing, provide tenants with available reports and records regarding lead-based paint, and supply educational information regarding lead-based paint hazards. Eight of the leases include families with children who are more vulnerable to the adverse affects of lead exposure.

 

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