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Feds settle Midwest lead disclosure case

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Attorney in Minneapolis and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday announced settlements against one of the largest Midwest property management companies and a Minnesota landlord for failing to warn their tenants that their homes may contain lead-based paint hazards. Combined, the settlements will result in the complete removal of all lead-based paint in nearly 4,500 apartments in four states in the upper Midwest–Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Indiana. Dominium Management Services Inc. owns and manages 22 residential properties, including 4,474 units subject to this consent decree, with 3,838 in Minnesota alone. Dominium is also among the largest HUD-assisted property management companies in the U.S. The agreement announced Thursday includes nearly 500 units receiving some form of federal assistance. The company has agreed to remove all lead-based paint in its units at a cost of nearly $1 m...