April 11, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 1:49 pm

CT, Mass. landlords face $127K in lead fines

Two landlords with rentals in Bridgeport and Massachusetts face more than $127,000 in fines for allegedly failing to disclose lead paint to his tenants, authorities say.

Juan Hernandez allegedly breached federal lead-paint disclosure rules seven times when he rented apartment units in Bridgeport between 2008 and 2010, the New England office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.

Hernandez faces up to $127,150 in penalties, the regional EPA office in Boston said.

Meantime, landlord Edward Franco allegedly violated lead-paint disclosure rules three times in leasing apartments in mostly low-income sections of South Boston, Roxbury and Dorchester, the agency said.

The EPA did not specify how much in fines Franco faces.

Neither landlord could be immediately reached Wednesday for comment.

The violations potentially put tenants at risk of lead exposure, EPA said.


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