Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Southern Vermont Landlords Settle Claims For Violations Of Lead Law

November 23, 2016

CONTACT: Justin Kolber, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5620

The Attorney General’s Office settled with three landlords in southern Vermont for violations of Vermont consumer protection and lead laws. “Many Vermont landlords continue to ignore the law on lead paint. Today’s enforcement actions are another warning to those landlords,” said Attorney General Bill Sorrell.

Every landlord with pre-1978 rental properties is required to submit annual compliance statements which show that the landlords have performed the essential maintenance practices (known as EMPs) and that the properties are in compliance with the lead law.

Charles Jarras, owner of four rental properties in Bellows Falls, will pay a $25,000 penalty for falsely certifying that his properties were lead compliant when they were not. Larson Vial, LLC, owner of 15 properties in Windsor, was assessed a $15,000 penalty for failing to file EMP statements. Agnes Bailey, owner of three rental properties in Windsor, will pay a $5,000 penalty for failing to file EMP statements. All three landlords are required to bring their properties into full compliance with the lead law.

For more information concerning the Vermont lead law, including the duties of property owners, and for copies of court documents from recent enforcement actions involving lead, see the Attorney General’s website at: http://www.ago.vermont.gov and click on “Lead.”

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