It is 2012 and the multifamily market is red hot with investors and owner occupants competing against each for the move-in condition properties in decent locations and in decent condition. Along with all of these new purchases of multifamily homes comes a new wave of landlords who are untested and will have to deal with finding tenants and especially with complying with tenant rights and being in compliance with health, safety, and lead paint laws.
See Attorney Richard Vetstein’s piece of the renting and the Lead Paint Law:
In 2011, the Attorney General sued a Metro-Boston landlord for evicting or threatened to evict tenants with young children, renting apartments containing lead paint to tenants with young children, failing to abate lead hazards in those apartments, failing to provide proper notice of lead hazards to his tenants, and making misrepresentations regarding the presence of lead paint in his apartments. The complaint further alleges that the landlord retaliated against tenants when they reported him for violations of the law.
Unfortunately, many Greater Boston landlords aren’t prosecuted by the AG’s office and are allowed to impose family unfriendly and unlawful housing practices like advertising that “Unit Not Deleaded.” The ad, while albeit truthful, it might as well read “Children Under 6 Not Wanted.”
Under the Massachusetts Lead Paint Law, whenever a child under six years of age comes to live in a rental property, the property owner has a responsibility to discover whether there is any lead paint on the property and to de-lead to protect the young children living there. A property owner or real estate agent cannot get around the legal requirements to disclose information about known lead hazards simply by refusing to rent to families with young children.
Have you ever thought you were a victim of rental discrimination? Landlords, how do you handle renting to families?
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