Woman Buys Home for $3,200, Gets $115K Settlement

April 17, 2013

A woman who bought a 110-year-old home from Kalamazoo for $3,200 has agreed to a $115,000 settlement with the city after she said officials failed to disclose the possibility it contained lead-based paint and blamed the home for her child’s elevated lead levels.

Brandi Crawford last year bought the two-story, 1,800-square-foot home, which had gone through tax foreclosure, MLive.com reported. In March, she filed a claim that city officials didn’t provide her with an Environmental Protection Agency-approved form warning her of the potential of lead-based paint in the home.

Crawford said the city knew the home contained lead-based paint. Under federal law, the city should have provided a disclosure since the home was built before 1978.

City officials acknowledged that they failed to provide documents but denied knowing that lead-based paint was inside. Kalamazoo City Attorney Clyde Robinson said the city wasn’t required to test the property for lead, but it had an obligation to disclose the possibility of lead.

“We did no testing,” Robinson said.

The city had acquired the home from the state in 2007. The Kalamazoo City Commission unanimously voted for the settlement Monday.

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