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New England Real Estate Companies Violated Federal Lead Law

Coldwell Banker offices in Lincoln and Somerville are among a handful of the brokerage’s New England offices accused of more than 100 violations of lead paint disclosure laws.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices in Lincoln and Somerville; North Haven and Fairfield, Conn.; Dover and Manchester, N.H.; and East Providence, R.I., together committed 102 violations of the Lead Disclosure Rule during 34 real estate transactions between 2005 and 2007. The corporations that own and operate the offices face penalties of up to $11,000 for each violation cited in the complaint.

Federal law requires that landlords and property owners or their agents notify prospective tenants or purchasers about the potential for lead paint hazards in residential properties, the EPA said in a statement.

The two real estate corporations that own the aforementioned offices are NRT New England LLC and Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services LLC, according to the EPA. Both do business as Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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