Lawsuit settlement forces landlords to get the lead out

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April 11, 2005 // UPDATED 1:53 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

Two Minneapolis landlords, Gorman Park Properties and Bashir Moghul , will be cleaning up their acts - and their properties - after failing to notify tenants of potentially dangerous lead-based paint in their buildings.

The landlords cumulatively own 250 apartments in three states, including units Downtown.

According to Brian Sullivan, pubic affairs spokesperson for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Minneapolis' Department of Health reported to HUD that several children living in Moghul's units were poisoned by lead.

The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 requires landlords to inform renters or buyers about possible lead-based paint in buildings constructed before 1978, as well as to provide the opportunity for inspections, if requested.

Gorman Park Properties has not complied with those requirements since 1998, according to a press release from the three entities that filed the lawsuit - HUD, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Attorney's office in Minneapolis.

Gorman Park, which also operates under the name Grendahl Park, owns rental property on the 100 and 200 blocks of West 15th Street and at 1430 and 1507 Spruce Place, near Loring Park.

Gorman Park will pay a $7,500 fine and $50,000 to the Minneapolis-based Sustainable Resources Center (SRC) for the purchase of a van for mobile blood-test screening of at-risk children, according to the press release. Moghul owns property at 816 Park Ave. in the Elliot Park neighborhood. He'll pay a $5,000 penalty, perform risk assessments, replace all windows and eliminate lead-based paint from his units by the fall of 2009.

Gorman Park has completed inspections and will remove lead-based paint within five years.

Gorman Park owns several other properties in Minneapolis; Moghul owns 17 Minneapolis properties, as well as others in Superior, Wis. and Indianapolis.

Lead exposure can cause developmental and health problems in young children, including anemia, convulsions, coma and death.

For more information about lead-based paint, contact the Sustainable Resources Center at 870-4255, or visit them online at src-mn.org.