A Buffalo landlord was charged this week in court for something that has been happening for quite some time now at a property that he owns.

The New York State law says: Before renting pre-1978 housing, lessors must disclose the presence of known lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the dwelling. Lead paint is a concern for all houses that were built before 1978 and, in this case, the house that MD Abedin owns in South Buffalo had lead paint.

The problem is that in July 2019 a child who was living there had high levels of lead in their blood. The Health Department stepped in and tried working with the landlord, and eventually, there was a 'Do Not Occupy' sign on the property and it was vacant.

Flash forward a year and, without being inspected, the sign was gone and it was occupied again with the lead-based paint still being a problem. According to WIVB:

Abedin is scheduled to return on March 31 at 9:30 a.m. for further proceedings. He was released on his own recognizance as the charge is non-qualifying for bail.

New York State has done a really good job of keeping people safe in this regard, both the tenants and landlords. The tenants living there obviously want to live in a safe place, but also without this law, landlords could be subject to all sorts of lawsuits.

In 2022, there were so many updates and changes to New York State Tenant and landlord laws including rents, increases, and protocols. Take a look at the new laws from the New York Attorney General here.

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