EPA fines local landlords

LACONIA — Two local landlords — Allen Enterprises Rental Properties and Open Arms Outreach, Inc. — have settled claims with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to notify prospective tenants of potential lead-paint hazards at three properties they owned between 2009 and 2011.

In a statement released yesterday, the EPA said that the property owners agreed to pay fines of $2,400 and undertake environmental improvements at 101 Church Street, a building owned by Allen Enterprises, costing $21,600.

The federal Toxic Substance Control Act requires landlords to disclose the presence of lead-paint to prospective tenants as well as to provide them with sufficient information about the risks of exposure lead-paint to enable them to make an informed decision about renting the unit. Exposure to lead-paint is a serious issue in New England where much of the housing stock is aged.