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EPA Cites Budget Homes, Inc. For Failing to Provide Lead Paint Hazard Information to W. Philadelphia Tenants
Release Date: 4/27/2004
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543
Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543
PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a $23,100 penalty against Budget Homes, Inc. (BHI) for violations of a federal law requiring disclosure of lead-based paint hazards to residential tenants
EPA=s complaint alleges that Budget Homes violated the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 when renting 10 apartments on West Girard Avenue and North 41st Street in Philadelphia.
Under the lead paint law, sellers and landlords of residential housing built before 1978 must disclose to purchasers and tenants the presence of known lead-based paint hazards (or lack of knowledge of hazards); provide a lead hazard information pamphlet; provide a standard warning statement in the lease on the dangers of lead-based paint; provide purchasers with a 10-day opportunity to conduct a lead-based paint inspection; and include disclosure and acknowledgment language in sales contracts and leases.
According to EPA, Budget Homes did not inform the tenants in 10 leases signed in between 1999 and 2001 whether it knew of any lead-based paint in the house, did not provide tenants with a lead-based paint hazard pamphlet, and did not include the required warning and disclosure statements in the lease. Some of the properties are known to have contained lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards.
The company has the right to a hearing to contest the alleged violations and proposed penalty.
EPA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal are cooperating in a nationwide effort 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.
For more information on lead paint issues and regulations, please visit https://www.epa.gov/fedsite/cd/lead.html.