A man who leased an Omaha residence has been fined $7,500 for failing to warn his tenant that the residence contained lead-based paint.
U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly says 68-year-old Gerald Wojtalewicz of Omaha has been convicted of a misdemeanor for failing to comply with federal lead-based paint disclosure regulations.
An EPA investigation determined that between November 2012 and December 2015 Wojtalewicz owned and leased an Omaha residence that contained lead-based paint and Wojtalewicz failed to warn his tenant as required by federal law.
“If tenants are to make sound choices concerning their place of residence, it is essential they have sound information,” Special Agent in Charge Jeff Martinez of EPA’s criminal enforcement program in Nebraska said in a written statement. “Landlords and owners who fail to notify prospective tenants about the hazards of lead poisoning put those tenants at serious risk.”
EPA has a program called Campaign on Lead to eliminate childhood exposure to lead in water, soil, air and other sources, as well as in paint.