The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has ordered a local landlord to pay a $20,000 penalty after having settled claims he filed false lead paint compliance documents. The homes run by the landlord were built before 1978, when lead-based paints were federally banned.

According to a press release, Robert Immler in January 2016 filed compliance statements with the Vermont Department of Health on his two properties claiming he had performed essential maintenance practices on his properties. However, in March 2016 inspectors from the department of health came to the properties to inspect the interior and exteriors and found deteriorating paint that exceed more than 1-square-foot.

Aside from paying the $20,000 penalty, Immler has been ordered to hire a certified independent contractor by September 30 in order to do essential maintenance work on the properties.

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