This story comes to us from Spokane, Washington…but is equally applicable to about any city in America.

A Spokane area landlord, has agreed to pay a $4,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) lead-based paint disclosure rules. The single family home used as rental property is considered by the EPA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be “target housing”: a dwelling built prior to the 1978 Consumer Products Safety Commission ban on the manufacture and sale of lead-based paint. The EPA alleged the landlord, as a building owner and landlord, failed to carry-out required disclosure activities with his tenants and their children.

The federal lead-based paint and/or lead-based hazards Disclosure Rule requires sellers, owners and lessors (as well as property management firms) of pre-1978 rental housing to provide disclosures and other information to tenants. The Rule helps ensure that tenants can make informed decisions about protecting their children and themselves from lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before they sign a lease.

Individuals who are concerned that they or their children may have been exposed to lead hazards can determine if they have elevated blood-lead levels through a simple, inexpensive test at their doctor’s office or local health clinic.

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.