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Attorney General Settles With Manchester-Area Landlords For Violations Of Lead Law

CONTACT: Robert F. McDougall, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5506

February 3, 2010

Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that his office recently settled a claim against Manchester-area landlords Donald Dorr, Patricia Dorr and Transtar LLC for failing to maintain 29 residential rental properties in accordance with the Vermont lead law. As a part of the settlement, the Dorrs and Transtar agreed to civil penalties and improvements at the properties totaling $50,000.00 and will bring the properties into compliance with the lead law.

For the past two years, the Attorney General’s Office has mailed letters to landlords around the state requesting lead law compliance information on rental properties built prior to 1978. Landlords have been given 90 days to show that they are in compliance with the law or to take steps to bring the properties into compliance.
“Bringing a large number of properties into compliance with the law at one time can seem like a difficult or costly task for landlords,” said Attorney General Sorrell. “Landlords should know that my Office is willing to work with them toward our shared goal for safer housing in Vermont.”

For copies of the court documents in this case, recent enforcement actions involving lead in housing, and links to videos and other information concerning the duties of owners and managers of pre-1978 rental housing see the Attorney General’s website at: http://www.atg.state.vt.us and click on the “Lead in Housing” link.

Related documents

Complaint
Stipulation of Settlement and Consent Decree

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