American Property Management of Portland will pay a penalty for alleged violations of the federal Lead Disclosure Rule, according to a settlement with the federal government.

According to Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development inspectors, from 2007-10, APM leased 35 units and failed to produce records showing they notified tenants about the potential presence of lead paint and lead-based paint hazards, as required by the Lead Disclosure Rule. The EPA and HUD requested the records during an inspection in 2010. APM will pay a $10,000 penalty.

“People have the right to know about lead hazards prior to renting or buying a place to live,” said Rick Albright, Director of EPA’s Office of Air, Waste and Toxics in Seattle. “Sellers, landlords and property managers have a responsibility to follow these requirements and inform people of potential risks. If they don’t, they are going to face stiff penalties.”

The Lead Disclosure Rule requires landlords, property management companies and sellers to inform potential lessees and purchasers of the presence of lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards in pre-1978 housing. They must also provide the purchaser or lessee with a copy of the Lead Hazard Information Pamphlet, “Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home” before entering into any lease or sales agreement, and keep records showing they have met the federal requirements.

Lead from paint, dust and soil can be dangerous if not managed properly. Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born. People can get lead in their bodies by breathing or swallowing lead dust, or by eating soil or paint chips containing lead.