You can run, but you can’t hide from lead! Massachusetts Attorney General Settles with Landlords.
As the saying goes, “you can run but you can’t hide’ is very true, especially when it comes to lead-based paints. According to reports from Legalnewsline.com, the Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced settlements on Friday with multiple landlords to resolve allegations that they refused to rent to families with children.
Celina Puszko, Alojzy Jackiewicz, Gregory Howell and Scott Michels allegedly refused to rent to families with children to avoid obligations to remove lead paint hazards. It is illegal under Massachusetts state law to discriminate against housing applicants because they have children or because the rental would force the landlord to remove lead hazards.
“The commonwealth’s lead paint law protects children from the damaging effects of lead, which include impaired development, learning difficulties, and behavior problems,” Coakley said. “By enforcing this law our office works to ensure that families with children are able to find lead-safe housing within the commonwealth.”
To review the full disclosure of the case, visit the Legal News Line website here.
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