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HUD settles lead-disclosure case with Virginia landlord

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Thousands of rental units nationwide will be rendered safe from lead-based paint hazards due to an agreement announced Wednesday involving the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and an Alexandria, Va.-based landlord. HUD applauds the owners of AvalonBay Communities Inc. for agreeing to undertake an extensive testing and abatement program after a self-audit determined the company may have failed to provide lead-based paint disclosure information to some of its tenants. AvalonBay currently owns and manages 23 apartment complexes throughout the United States containing nearly 7,000 rental units, primarily in California. No children have tested positive for elevated blood lead levels (EBLs) in AvalonBay-owned or operated properties, according to a press statement. "This management company deserves a lot of credit for coming forward and admitting it could have done a better job informing its tenants their homes might possibly contain lead ha...