According to a state complaint, an MDE inspector saw chipping, peeling or flaking paint on the exterior of one of the two properties on Pinkney Street in June. The department had been asked to check out the properties by the city of Annapolis, which also regulates rental housing. Tax records show both homes were built before 1950, according to the complaint, when lead paint was widely used. Bereano failed to register the rental properties as required by state law, officials said, or submit needed certification when new tenants move in that measures have been taken to minimize lead paint hazards in the homes.
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Bereano said he bought the row homes in the late 1970s or early 1980s and had both demolished and completely rebuilt. He said the contractor who did the work assured him no lead paint was used, and the homes are rented only to adults. Bereano said he would challenge the state citations and fine.