Neronha files lawsuits against 5 Rhode Island landlords

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha said Monday that his office filed lawsuits against five landlords who did not comply with state lead poisoning prevention laws.

These lawsuits now bring the total number of suits filed against landlords to 17 since last fall.

Neronha’s office said in part, “As alleged in the complaints, landlords Kathleen Decosta, Francisco Pires, Fatima C. Araujo, Hoa Thi Trinh, and Dionicia Gonzalez, have — to date — failed to remediate lead violations identified by the Rhode Island Department of Health, even though children who resided at the properties were lead poisoned.”

The attorney general filed the suits on Tuesday, in order to put an end to any further harmful conduct, fix any lead hazards, and provide other adequate housing for tenants while the units are renovated. Those landlords will be fined $5,000 per day that action is not taken.

“Landlords who prioritize profits over the health of children and the risk of lead poisoning will find themselves facing a strong response from our office,” Neronha said.

Landlords in the Ocean State are given multiple warnings before any lawsuit is filed.

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