EPA Fines Property Management Firm Nearly $75,000 for Lead PaintApril 16th, 2015 by Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Garden Homes Management Corp. of Stamford, Conn., for alleged violations of EPA’s Lead Paint Disclosure and Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rules.
The rule requires landlords and property management firms to provide information about lead-based paint to their tenants upon leasing pre-1978 housing and “is designed to ensure that painting and home renovation contractors comply with requirements designed to protect children and workers from exposure to lead-based paint,” according to an EPA statement.
In a complaint, EPA alleged that Garden Homes failed to comply with lead-disclosure requirements when it leased 18 residential units at nine Connecticut properties. The complaint also alleged that Garden Homes performed at least one renovation in a Naugatuck, Conn., property in violation of rule requirements for certifying renovation firms, providing lead hazard information to tenants, using only RRP-certified workers and keeping records of compliance. The violations are alleged to have occurred from September 2010 to November 2012, based on records obtained by EPA during two separate inspections.
Under the terms of the settlement, Garden Homes will pay a $54,644 civil penalty, as well as complete a $20,000 lead risk mitigation project to remove and replace approximately 24 original windows containing lead paint from a 1961 Garden Homes property located in a Bridgeport, Conn., neighborhood.
“The disclosure requirements, and the safe work practices found in the RRP rule, are designed to help ensure that people are protecting their kids from suffering serious, lifelong health impacts from lead exposure,” says Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.
Since 2012, EPA has pursued 18 actions in New England to enforce the RRP Rule.