Two landlords in Maine have successfully defended a claim that they were at fault for their former tenant’s injury from lead poisoning.
But, according to a local news report, the jury was not convinced that the landlords had done anything wrong.
The landlords’ success hinged on their showing that they had done everything reasonably necessary to mitigate lead prior to renting out the property, including:
Re-painting the unit with a durable paint;
Undergoing an inspection; and,
Providing the proper lead disclosures to the parents before the family moved in.
The jury also heard that one of the landlords attended a class on lead in rental properties, according to the report.
The tenants were requesting $11 million in damages.
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