A Manchester landlord has agreed to pay a $15,700 penalty stemming from violations related to lead paint issues with one of his residential rental properties, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.
Mike Bunie Inc. signed the consent decree in August, which ends the EPA investigation.
The federal agency said Bunie leased an Arlington Street apartment to a pregnant woman and young child in violation of a state order not to lease out vacant apartments until they were remediated for lead.
The EPA also said Bunie failed to disclose properly a previous lead poisoning in the building.
Bunie said it was his first time dealing with the lead remediation process, and he signed the consent decree to put the matter behind him and avoid further expense. He stressed that he did not admit any guilt.
“It sounded,” he said, “like the better course, the easier course, the course with less stress and angst.”