WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced that a DC-based real estate developer will be required to pay $400,000 in penalties and increase its health and safety protocols for violating District laws protecting residents from toxic lead and for deceiving homebuyers about potential lead paint hazards.
Today’s settlement resolves an investigation by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) that determined Mohammad Y. Sikder and several of his companies, including District-Properties.com, LLC, renovated at least 26 older homes across DC without taking legally required precautions to protect against possible lead exposure and environmental contamination. OAG also found that Sikder falsely informed homebuyers that no lead paint was present in their homes, despite knowing that toxic lead paint could be present because of when the homes were constructed. In addition to paying a penalty, Sikder will be required to implement procedures ensuring compliance with the District’s lead laws and consumer protection laws.
“Because lead is so toxic—especially to children—it is critical that developers take legally-required precautions when renovating older homes and provide complete information to homebuyers,” said AG Racine. “If individuals or businesses violate the District’s lead laws, the Office of the Attorney General will hold them accountable.