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D.C. AG Says Developer, Landlord to Pay $35K Penalty for Violating Lead Laws

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said an area developer and landlord will pay a $35,000 penalty for violating the city’s lead paint laws and misleading tenants about the presence of toxic lead paint.

The settlement, announced Tuesday, ends a monthslong investigation by Racine’s office into violations of District laws by Meredith Lyda and Shaw Mostashari and several corporations under their control for failing to disclose the presence of lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards to tenants in residential properties.

“Lead is extremely hazardous and can cause serious and long-lasting neurological damage and complications, especially in children,” Racine said in a statement. “We will not permit anyone to violate laws that put the health and safety of residents at risk of exposure to toxic materials. Residents in the District should know that their homes are free of lead paint hazards, and my office will work to make sure that’s the case.”

The Mostasharis and several of their corporations also failed to comply with District Department of Energy and Environment enforcement actions, which, according to the press release, required the Mostasharis to remediate lead paint hazards and demonstrate successful remediation.

The Mostasharis, who have agreed to follow District environmental and consumer laws by conducting lead testing, will also pay for a third-party lead-based paint clearance examination to confirm lead-based paint hazards are not present at a residential apartment building.

The Mostasharis serve as managing partners for a design development and a design management company as well as own residential apartment buildings located at 4242 6th Street SE and 433 Atlantic Street SE.

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