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Woman buys home for $3,200, gets $115K settlement

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:28 PM

Brandi Crawford last year bought the two-story, 1,800-square-foot home, which had gone through tax foreclosure. 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.

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