- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Authorities say a Vermont housing corporation has been fined by the state for submitting false lead paint reports.

The Bennington Banner reports (http://bit.ly/1UyGd8g ) the Vermont Office of the Attorney General said Tuesday it fined Shires Housing $20,000. The fine was reduced to $1,000 due to the fact that the Bennington nonprofit has limited ability to pay the higher penalty.

A settlement document says Shires admitted that its employee knowingly submitted false information last year.

State law requires landlords to perform “essential maintenance practices” (EMP) on buildings. These practices include annually inspecting the buildings for visibly deteriorating paint.

Shires reached an agreement with the attorney general’s office to comply with the lead law and hire an EMP-certified independent contractor by May 31.

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Information from: Bennington Banner, http://www.benningtonbanner.com

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