Vermont Warns Landlords About Lead Paint

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Vermont’s attorney general is cracking down on landlords whose rental housing isn’t in compliance with the state’s lead law.

William Sorrell said Tuesday his office has sent letters to 14 Rutland landlords as part of a statewide effort to reduce exposure to lead hazards in Vermont’s rental housing. Each has three months to bring his or her property into compliance.

Vermont’s lead law requires landlords of buildings dating to before 1978 to do annual maintenance, including repairing peeling paint and cleaning common spaces.

Since 2008, Sorrell’s office has sent letters to non-compliant landlords in 11 of the state’s 14 counties. The last time Rutland landlords got them was December 2008.

Other areas targeted have included larger areas of Burlington, Barre and Winooski.

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