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Carydale Apartment Management LLC Settles Violations of Lead-Paint Notification Rule in Alexandria and Arlington, Va.

Release Date: 12/12/2005
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Mike Frankel, 215-814-2665

PHILADEPHIA - Carydale Apartment Management LLC of Alexandria, Va., which owns and manages several residential properties in Alexandria and Arlington, Va., has settled alleged violations of a federal law requiring disclosure of lead-based paint hazards to residential tenants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

In a consent agreement with EPA, Carydale Apartment Management (also known as Carydale Enterprises) has agreed to pay a $41,657 penalty for failing to provide required information about lead-based paint hazards in 19 residential leases in 2000 and 2001. These leases involved Carydale properties on Duke Street, Jon Paul Drive, and Rolling Hills Drive in Alexandria, Va., and North Rolfe Street, and South Courthouse Road in Arlington, Va.

The company was cited under the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992. This federal law requires sellers and landlords of residential housing built before 1978 (when the federal government banned the sale of lead-based house paint) to provide home buyers and tenants with warning statements about lead-based paint hazards. The law also requires home sellers and landlords to disclose known lead-based paint hazards to home buyers and tenants (or to disclose their lack of knowledge of such hazards).

EPA cited Carydale for failing to provide the required warnings and disclosures about lead-based paints in leases signed from July 2000 through December 2001. EPA discovered these violations in an April 2002 inspection.

The settlement reflects Carydale’s cooperation with EPA in resolving this matter. The company has certified that it is now in compliance with applicable regulations on lead-based paint hazards.

EPA is cooperating with other federal, state, and local agencies to protect tenants and homeowners from the health risks of lead-based paint. High blood levels of lead can cause permanent damage to the nervous system and widespread health problems, such as a reduced intelligence and attention span, hearing loss, stunted growth, reading and learning problems and behavioral difficulties. Young children, in particular, are most vulnerable because their nervous systems are still developing.

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