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Attorney General works to reduce lead in homes

By: VHFA on 1/27/2010

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The Office of Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell (pictured) recently contacted nearly 30 landlords requesting they demonstrate compliance with Vermont's lead law.

The letters, mailed to 27 landlords in Chittenden and Washington counties, are just the latest round of requests Sorrell has sent.

"We have already sent letters to landlords in 10 counties and there was an 18% increase in lead compliance filings in 2009," Sorrell says. "Hopefully, that trend will continue."

Sorrell's office also announced its Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) will begin accepting housing complaints from tenants Feb. 1.

When CAP receives a housing complaint, it'll confirm the landlord is in compliance with Vermont’s lead in housing law. Landlords who are not will have 90 days to come into compliance.

For information about Vermont’s lead in housing law; the duties of owners, managers, and sellers of pre-1978 housing; and for copies of court documents from recent enforcement actions involving lead, visit the Attorney General’s Web site and click on "Lead."

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