Recent News: Massachusetts Landlords Fined Due to Lead Paint Discrimination

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In Western Massachusetts, four landlords were recently fined due to violating fair housing act laws, The Amherst Bulletin reports. According to the report, the landlords and property management properties tried to avoid renting to families with children due to the presence of hazardous lead paint in the rental units.

The law requires landlords to rent to families when dangerous levels of lead paint are present in the unit. Before the families moving in, the landlord must remove or clean up the lead paint in the home to make it safe for younger children. Landlords prove the safety of the unit, and suitability for children, by passing an inspection and getting a lead certificate that proves its safety.

There is good news that comes from these violations, some of the landlords in violation of the law are cleaning up their act. Some of the companies reported they'll be looking to actively de-lead their units and will be working to create more rental properties without lead paint for families with children.

While these are isolated cases, they do happen from time to time, and many times, because landlords may not know that there is a solution readily available and very affordable that can help them solve this issue before it becomes a problem.

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Lead Paint News: Children's Exposure in Oakland, CA Concerns City

A recent lead paint contamination study has officials in Oakland, CA concerned. A report published by Reuters last month indicated that Oakland has one of the highest child lead paint exposure rates in the US, greater than in Flint, MI. Unlike in Flint, the lead paint exposure primarily comes from lead paint on walls, not in the water.

Of particular concern in the report is Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood (zip code 94601), where 7.57% of children tested for elevated levels of lead paint, which is higher than 5 mg per deciliter, a significantly higher rate than the 2.5% national levels.

The report indicates that much of the danger comes from old homes and apartment buildings in the Fruitvale neighborhood, where around 90% of the housing stock was built before lead paint was banned in 1978. Fruitvale is a lower-income community, so the majority of residents rent.

Fortunately, there's hope for the children living in Oakland, as the city and the state of California want to help these kids live in an environment that is safe for their health and well-being. In one recent example, a 55-unit apartment building with at least 20 children under six in residence received a grant to clean up the apartment complex after it was discovered the unit had numerous lead paint hazards.

For buildings built before 1978, there may be potential existence of lead paint. With the right plan, landlords can make sure that families can live safely in their units.

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Lead Paint in the News-Safety Hazards in Schools and Philadelphia's Outdated Buildings Potentially Caused Lead Poisoning

In a recent lead paint news story, Portland Public Schools district recently discovered that there is chipping lead paint at Markham Elementary School. This district which was also recently rocked by a related scandal when lead was found in the schools' water earlier this year, leading to the early retirement of their superintendent. After the lead water scandal, the district worried there was lead paint in the building as well and found there are 73 interior and 46 exterior places in the school that are potential lead trouble spots. The problem areas including varnish and paint on building walls in problematic condition, and exterior paint chips in exterior places. It was recommended that all of the chips be removed. It's important to note that they did not need to formally test for lead paint -- since Markham Elementary is an older building, they can assume that the paint is lead. If you live or work in a building built before 1978, you can similarly assume it's likely your building has lead paint. The school district's next steps include compiling a plan to move forward in safely removing the lead paint. They need to determine which areas of the building are the greatest safety hazards, and ensure they allocate the funding to pay for the project. Although lead paint is safe on walls, when it starts to crack or chip it becomes a safety hazard. If you notice the lead paint walls at your home or workplace cracking, chipping, or weakening, it's important to hire professional help to remove the paint safely. Philadelphia's excess of aging homes in low-income neighborhoods has become a death trap for their residents. The culprit is lead poisoning from the old paint that's wearing off the buildings. In many cases, landlords ignore the problem until a child is in the emergency room. In other news, staff writers from The Inquirer at Philly.com reported that: Last year alone, nearly 2,700 children tested in Philadelphia had harmful levels of lead in their blood. Lead poisoning can cause irreversible damage, including lower IQ and cause lifelong learning and behavioral problems. They also published in this story that from 2011 to 2016, Philadelphia's courts have seen 705 cases of lead poisoning in children from old paint in their homes. In these cases, the residences have failed not just one but two building inspections. Despite the vast number of victims from lead poisoning and Philadelphia's housing laws to push for lead-safe certifications on properties, the local public-health authorities claim they don't have enough funds and support staff to take actions that would prevent more lead poisoning. This desperate situation forces those suffering from lead poisoning into emergency rooms with children whose blood becomes so toxic that it even impairs their ability to speak. Their only hope is to catch the warning signs early on and take their case to court as soon as possible. The CDC warns that Millions of children exposed to lead in their homes are at risk for • damage to the brain and nervous system, • slowed growth and development, • learning and behavior problems (e.g., reduced IQ, ADHD, juvenile delinquency, and criminal behavior), and hearing and speech problems. In 2014, the CDC published a study showing that 233 homes in Philadelphia county had multiple children who tested positive for lead in their bloodstream. Meanwhile, government sources now publicly declare that there is no such thing as a "safe level" of lead for a child. A couple of weeks ago, newspapers reported that a child was diagnosed with lead paint poisoning at an apartment complex on the University of Wisconsin - Madison's campus. Lead blood tests found the child, who is about 18 months old, had levels of lead in her system that significantly exceeded the lead poisoning threshold. Residents of the apartment complex, which houses families affiliated with the university, claim that the university failed to failed to address the earlier concerns of residents in a timely fashion. According to official records, the mother of the poisoned child wrote to the apartment complex month before she was diagnosed with lead poisoning. According to the mother, their unit had lead paint chipping off the entryway to the unit, which the child ate. After the child was diagnosed with lead poisoning, UW Housing staff assessed the situation and determined that the apartment complex was unsafe, and a health agency required them to immediately start addressing the situation. Although the current situation has improved, families remain upset, and the child's mother plans to file a lawsuit against University Housing, as well as campus officials. Many residents report the problems with lead paint chipping were present for quite some time prior to the child's lead poisoning, and believe UW Madison housing ignored the situation. The complex was renovated last summer, however the housing company did not work to improve the chipping lead paint in the remodel. Residents interviewed reported they expressed concerns as long ago as the 1990s, with the newspaper reporting official safety complaints against the complex that date back 10 years. Chipping lead paint is a serious safety hazard, particularly if you regularly have young children or pets in the area who may eat the chips. Because working with lead paint on walls can be dangerous, it's a good idea to get help from a company that specializes in lead removal to remove the paint. If you notice a home built before America's 1978 lead-paint ban with chipping, cracking or otherwise damaged paint, chances are that lead is in that very paint. Get professional help from contractors right away to avoid lead poisoning before it does permanent damage, especially to young children. ECOBOND™ is the nation’s leader in developing and distributing products that improve the protection of human health and safety from the hazards of lead in the home, workplace, and the environment. With over 15 years in patented and proven success, the ECOBOND™ family of products have been extensively used in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material while serving over 100,000 customers in the United States and Internationally. To learn more visit www.EcobondPaint.com, view our lead paint treatment video or download our free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com

There's Lead in Your Popcorn (Ceilings). Considerations for Lead Paint Removal

popcorn ceiling lead paint removal iStock 84250345 SMALLPopcorn ceilings are old, outdated, and many people also consider them ugly. Removing these ceilings is a great way to update your home. However, according to SKIL these ceilings don't only contain a lot of asbestos (a known carcinogen), but they're also covered with a coat of lead-based paint. Therefore, your ceiling more than likely has lead, especially if constructed before 1978.

When you're ready to remove the popcorn ceilings in your home, dust chips will fall off your ceiling as you sand, cut, and demolition it. Since this is really dangerous to you and your family's health, lead dust containment is a vital step to take as you remove your popcorn ceilings. As such, the EPA strongly discourages you from doing this work yourself. Instead, you must hire someone who's certified and trained to do this work so they prevent lead contamination.

You can still choose to do this work yourself in hopes of saving some money. However, this can become a major problem in the long run for many reasons, including:

  • This work is difficult and requires special equipment (e.g. respirators, eye protection) and expertise you probably lack.
  • This is a very time-consuming project if you aren't familiar with how to do it correctly.
  • You could damage other parts of your home while doing this work, especially if the popcorn ceiling was ever painted.

It's important to understand that lead is nothing to play with. It can negatively affect your health. So, make sure you take all the necessary steps to keep you and your family safe when you choose to remove the popcorn ceiling from your home.

Buffalo, New York Tightens Lead Paint Regulations for Rental Properties

Buffalo, New York is an older city with mostly older housing containing lead paint. This paint is dangerous when chipped, scraped, or bitten. In fact, Erie County has a really high rate of lead paint poisoning in children, which has led Mayor Brown to commit the city to helping build affordable, lead free housing. 

Since 2009 Buffalo has created over $230 million of affordable housing, including more than 1,300 new affordable housing units. As of Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Buffalo also moved to tighten city ordinances for discovering what buildings contain lead and barring people from living there. 

According to this regulation, Fillmore District Council member David Franczyk says landlords are now responsible for hiring "an individual that is a registered agent of that property and he needs to get a license in the City of Buffalo, and before that property can be rented, there has to be a certificate that says that the property is lead-free."

Not all of Buffalo's property managers have licenses, although they're supposed to have them. Under these new rules the city has tightened controls if there's a problem with a property that's managed by someone who isn't licensed. There's no room for understanding if these landlords can't afford to repaint their properties.

Due to the city's history there are lead problems throughout the city. While some landlords have covered some of these lead problems up with paint, others aren't. This is true in both low-income and upscale neighborhoods alike. Considering all the health problems lead can cause, efforts to correct this problem are vital. Buffalo has seen and understood this so now they're taking notice and doing something to correct the problem.

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Connecticut's Proactive Stance on Preventing Lead Paint Poisoning

radioactive custom text 15994According to a September 19th article in The Electronic Urban Report, Connecticut may well be the only state in the country that currently takes a proactive approach to preventing lead paint poisoning in residences with children.

In 2013, approximately 60,000 Connecticut children had reported cases of lead exposure. Today, the state's laws are stricter than current Federal laws, and require every child in the state to be screened twice for lead paint exposure before the age of three. In spite of the law however, the Connecticut Department of Health confirms that very few children get the required second screening. Apparently because many residents, including the doctors who do the screenings, feel that the laws are overly strict, children whose initial testing is negative for lead, do not often return for a second screening. A public forum was held on September 12th to address this issue and try to find ways to better enforce the law.

The effects of lead-paint poisoning in children are both immediate and long-lasting. Many of the immediate symptoms such as diarrhea and constipation, fatigue, abdominal pain and irritability are so common among children that parents often disregard them, chalking it up to viruses or too much junk food. Long-range effects are far more serious, however, and include hearing loss, hyperactivity, life-long learning disabilities and speech delays.

The Connecticut Children's Medical Center currently sponsors a program aimed at supporting healthy homes for the state's children. The program, entitled simply, Healthy Homes, provides lead home inspections and safe removal, financial assistance for reconstruction and temporary relocation, and lead hazard education. The program is jointly funded by HUD and the Connecticut Department of Housing.

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