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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Johnson Landlord Settles Claim For Filing False Lead Compliance Document

September 30, 2016

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

Vermont property owner William Jennison of Johnson settled claims that he filed a false lead paint compliance document for his rental property in violation of Vermont consumer protection and lead laws. “The Department of Health and Attorney General’s Office continue their vigorous enforcement of Vermont’s lead laws. This is another warning to landlords who try to dodge their lead paint responsibilities,” said Attorney General 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 the properties are in compliance with the lead law. The Department of Health inspected Mr. Jennison’s properties in Johnson and found that at least one property was not in compliance, contrary to a certified statement that Mr. Jennison filed with the Department.

Under the terms of the settlement, Mr. Jennison will pay a penalty of $10,000 ($5,000 in payments to the State and $5,000 to be paid into his properties for permanent lead abatement improvements), and will ensure that all three of his rental properties in Johnson comply with the law.

For 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://ago.vermont.gov and click on “Lead.”

Last modified: January 19, 2018