Two Woonsocket landlords were fined $13,900 for violating the state's lead paint disclosure laws.
The Environmental Protection Agency fined Donald Ciotola and Carol Simeone for failing to notify prospective tenants about the potential lead-paint hazards in the building they were renting. The landlords are accused of violating the federal Toxic Substance Control Act. The law requires landlords to provide potential tenants with a lead hazard information pamphlet, disclose the presence of any lead-based paint, and provide them with available records and reports pertaining to lead paint in the prospective property.
The law is designed to reduce the risk of lead poisoning by providing tenants with adequate information about lead paint hazards. Lead paint has been known to cause a number of nervous and muscular difficulties and birth defects.