Attorney general takes action against Pawtucket, Woonsocket landlords after lead hazards unaddressed

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Attorney General Peter Neronha announced on Friday that lawsuits have been filed against three landlords for not following Rhode Island’s lead poisoning prevention laws.

The Rhode Island Department of Health said they found significant lead hazards at rental properties on Garden Street in Pawtucket and Ward Street in Woonsocket.

Neronha said landlords Chrystal Rivera, Gabriel Alicea, and Sherry Alicea have failed to address lead violations since the inspections.

“In the lawsuits, the attorney general is seeking a court order to halt further harmful conduct, to require the defendants to remediate lead hazards and provide adequate alternative housing during remediation, and to appoint a receiver if the defendants are unwilling to correct the lead violations,” said the attorney general’s office.

The landlords will also face $5,000 penalties for every day those violations aren’t fixed.



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