Hold land­lords re­spon­si­ble for lead paint

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Del. Sa­muel I. “Sandy” Rosen­berg, Bal­ti­more The writer, a Demo­crat, rep­re­sents District 41 in the Mary­land House of Del­e­gates.

Courts should strictly scru­ti­nize land­lords’ claims of be­ing com­pli­ant with lead paint laws, the Pub­lic Jus­tice Cen­ter rec­om­mended in a re­port is­sued last year funded by the Abell Foun­da­tion.

A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of land­lords did not pro­vide the re­quired proof that they had com­plied with the state law re­quir­ing own­ers of older rentals to reg­is­ter their prop­er­ties and pro­vide cer­ti­fi­ca­tion that they have been in­spected for re­duc­ing the risk of lead poi­son­ing, ac­cord­ing to a study by the Le­gal Aid Bureau re­leased this week.

These find­ings are not “a squishy con­cept” or “pretty sweep­ing and gen­er­al­ized as­sess­ments about the en­tire rent court sys­tem, based on a very small num­ber of cases,” as a lob­by­ist for prop­erty own­ers told The Sun (“Le­gal Aid: De­spite er­rors in com­plaints, land­lords win rent cases,” Sept. 21).

They are a dis­turb­ing pat­tern and prac­tice of prop­erty own­ers’ fail­ure to com­ply with the law.

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