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U.S. ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH CINCINNATI LANDLORD – 224 HOUSING UNITS TO BECOME LEAD SAFE

Release Date: 10/23/2014
Contact Information: Shantae Goodloe, HUD, (202) 708-0685


U.S. ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH CINCINNATI LANDLORD –
224 HOUSING UNITS TO BECOME LEAD SAFE
Agreement signals continued federal and local focus on protecting children

CINCINNATI – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement against a Cincinnati landlord for failing to inform tenants that their homes may contain potentially dangerous lead. The agreement requires Meyer Management, Inc. to replace windows and clean up lead-based paint hazards in 136 residential properties containing a total of 224 units (see attached list). In addition to the $350,000 worth of lead abatement work being performed, the company also agrees to pay civil penalties totaling $7,500.

According to the Federal Government, Meyer Management, Inc. violated the Federal Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act (Residential Lead Act) by failing to inform tenants that their homes may contain potentially dangerous levels of lead. Cincinnati health department officials identified at least 5 children with elevated blood lead levels in the properties. Lead inspections and risk assessments had been performed in additional units, such that Meyer Management, Inc. had specific knowledge of lead in as many as 21 of the units in its properties. Going forward, Meyer Management, Inc. will ensure that information about lead-based paint will be provided to tenants before they are obligated under their lease.

As a result of the settlement, Meyer Management, Inc. will perform lead-based paint hazard reduction work, including window replacement and abatement of all friction and impact surfaces, and clearance exams within a period of six years to make those units lead safe for families. In addition, Meyer Management, Inc. will pay a $7,500 civil money penalty.

"Children should be protected from lead's destructive and permanent effects," said Matt Ammon, Director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. "We hope this settlement serves as a reminder to housing providers to do the right thing and let families who rent know about lead in their homes so they can protect their children from its hazards."

"Through these enforcement actions, EPA is sending a clear message to landlords and property managers that protecting children from exposure to lead-based paint is one of our highest priorities," EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman said.

"This case illustrates the continued commitment by health officials and federal agencies to protect families' rights to a safe living environment," said U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart. "I commend the cooperative investigation."

The settlement announced today represents the third joint Residential Lead Act enforcement action in Cincinnati and was the result of intensive coordination among local health officials and federal investigators. HUD, EPA and the Department of Justice are continuing similar enforcement efforts around the nation, and so far have taken enforcement actions in which landlords have agreed to conduct lead-based paint hazard reduction in more than 186,745 apartments and pay $1,466,399 in civil penalties. In addition, a total of $703,750 has been provided by Defendants to community-based projects to reduce lead poisoning. In settling these cases, landlords have committed to expend more than an estimated $31 million to address lead-based paint hazards in the affected units.

Background

The Residential Lead Act is one of the primary federal enforcement tools to prevent lead poisoning in young children. The Lead Disclosure Rule requires home sellers and landlords of housing built before 1978 to disclose to purchasers and tenants knowledge of lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards using a disclosure form, signed by both parties, attached to the sales contract or lease containing the required lead warning statement, provide any available records or reports, and provide an EPA-approved “Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home” pamphlet. Sellers must also provide purchasers with an opportunity to conduct a lead-based paint inspection and/or risk assessment at the purchaser’s expense. Acceptable lead disclosure forms can be found at www.hud.gov and www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/leadbase.htm.

Health Effects of Lead-Based Paint

Lead exposure causes reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height, poorer hearing, and a host of other health problems in young children. Many of these effects are thought to be irreversible. In later years, lead-poisoned children are much more likely to drop out of school, become juvenile delinquents and engage in criminal and other anti-social behavior. As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that even at low levels, lead exposure in children can significantly impact IQ and even delay puberty in young girls.

At higher levels, lead can damage a child's kidneys and central nervous system and cause anemia, coma, convulsions and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead. There are approximately half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (g/dL), the reference level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated."

Eliminating lead-based paint hazards in older low-income housing is essential if childhood lead poisoning is to be eradicated. According to CDC estimates, the percentage of children with elevated blood lead levels has been cut in half since the early 1990's, although as many as 1 million children are still affected by lead poisoning today. HUD estimates that the number of houses with lead paint has declined from 64 million in 1990 to 38 million in 2000. About 24 million homes still have significant lead-based paint hazards.

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Meyer Management, Inc. Subject Properties

AddressNumber of
Units
Construction
date
1.2210 Amor11865
2.1114 Beech31905
3.6484 Betts11952
4.2608 Bushnell11904
5.1137 Carson11880
6.781/85 Clanora91948
7.3914 Clerose41957
8.540/42 Considine21905
9.1021 Considine11900
10.427 Crestline11920
11.3725 Darwin21904
12.648 Delhi11889
13.1032 Delmonte11919
14.1234 Dewey11890
15.1625 Dewey11906
16.8423 Dixie11941
17.1617 Dorothy11946
18.1618 Dorothy11941
19.462 Elberon11931
20.971 Elberon11880
21.538 Enright41900
22.933 Enright21913
23.963 Enright21903
24.965 Enright21903
25.1258 First21913
26.2822 Glenway11915
27.2908 Glenway11915
28.3507 Glenway11915
29.3531 Glenway21925
30.3633 Glenway21893
31.4536 Glenway21900
32.941 Grand31908
33.947 Grand171969
34.4401 Grove11947
35.1719 Harrison11928
36.1721 Harrison11928
37.1973 Harrison11915
38.1996 Harrison21885
39.658 Hawthorne31890
40.811 Hawthorne21910
41.1218 Iliff31918
42.1220 Iliff21907
43.1224 Iliff11870
44.814 Kirbert31926
45.3741 Laclede11954
46.3752 Laclede21884
47.1143 Mansion11957
48.1230 Manss21930
49.1239 Manss21905
50.1263 Manss21890
51.1310 Manss21910
52.1433 Manss11907
53.1435 Manss11916
54.3608 Maria11923
55.1040 Marshall31900
56.1214 Mckeone11931
57.918 Mcpherson11931
58.921 Mcpherson21887
59.922 Mcpherson21905
60.966 Mcpherson11885
61.968 Mcpherson21885
62.1024 Mcpherson11917
63.1026 Mcpherson21900
64.1117 Mcpherson21900
65.1123 Mcpherson11890
66.116 Meridian11904
67.1621 Minion11950
68.1751 Montrose11885
69.1912 Montrose11885
70.1233 Neff11915
71.957 Oakland11914
72.963 Oakland11913
73.580 Orchardview11937
74.472 Purcell11916
75.3718 Quante11950
76.1234 Quebec11900
77.2050 Queen City11921
78.279 Renner11865
79.2595 Ring11905
80.838 Rosemont11895
81.1212 Rosemont11930
82.1214 Rosemont11929
83.1210 Ross21900
84.1212 Ross11905
85.1214 Ross11872
86.1602 Ross11920
87.1603 Ross11926
88.4015 St. Lawrence11915
89.1139 Seton31911
90.710 State21910
91.927 State21895
92.929 State21880
93.1900 State21885
94.1014 Sturm11896
95.1016 Sturm11896
96.819 Summit11897
97.910 Summit11879
98.1964 Sunset11964
99.215 Symmes11923
100.611 Tafel11890
101.808 Terry11956
102.811 Terry11922
103.836 Terry21922
104.579 Trenton11953
105.926 Voss11910
106.3512/14 Warsaw31900
107.3522 Warsaw11870
108.3537 Warsaw21900
109.3539 Warsaw21900
110.3626 Warsaw21893
111.975 Wells11890
112.979 Wells11895
113.1017 Wells11885
114.3419 W. Eighth21905
115.3509 W. Eighth11885
116.3600 W. Eighth21900
117.3606 W. Eighth21916
118.3612 W. Eighth11914
119.3903 W. Liberty11880
120.1737 Westwood11880
121.1741 Westwood11880
122.722 Woodlawn11927
123.730 Woodlawn11930
124.733 Woodlawn11915
125.741 Woodlawn21917
126.742 Woodlawn11928
127.967 Woodlawn11923
128.1642 Wyoming21932
129.2098 Yoast11925
130.5858 Pleasant1
131.5335 Mississippi11957
132.1994 Harrison21880
133.1812 Queen City21890
134.1239 Ross21905
135.1606 Ross21927
136.5136 Valley Ridge1
      TOTAL UNITS - 224