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Connecticut landlords settle lead-paint probe, will pay $18K

Property owners allegedly failed to disclose hazards to tenants

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Connecticut landlords accused of not telling tenants about potentially dangerous lead levels settled with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, agreeing to clean up any hazards and pay a total of $18,000, HUD said today. Klee Properties, owned by Menachem Gurevitch, and five other affiliated property companies agreed to disclose any known lead-based paint hazards to their tenants and to test for and clean up any hazards, including the replacement of windows, in nearly 200 apartments in the New Haven area, HUD said. In addition, Klee and its affiliates will pay $3,000 to the U.S. Treasury and contribute $15,000 to the Pediatrics Department at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, HUD said. This contribution will be used to treat lead-poisoned children, to educate the public on the dangers of lead exposure and to help relocate lower-income families into lead-safe housing, according to HUD. More information about that program is available at the center's Web site. "Every landl...