Kathy Taylor, associate director of the Communities and Ecosystems Division for the Pacific Southwest Region of the Environmental Protection Agency, says, "This information is the key to renters and buyers knowing whether there are potential lead-based paint hazards in their homes. All landlords and home sellers have a responsibility to warn tenants and home buyers that their homes may contain lead hazards."
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According to the EPA, more than half of U.S. homes built prior to 1978 have lead-based paint hazards.
Pro Properties, Inc. owns more than nine major apartment complexes in the Valley, including Arcadia Palms, Cimmaron Springs, Glendale Shadows, and the Tradewinds Apartments.
Lead poisoning is particularly dangerous to children younger than six. Studies show that young children exposed to lead can have serious health problems, including learrning disabilities, hearing impairment, and hyperactivity.