Landlord pleads guilty to renting apartment with lead paint to family

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The Erie County DA says 41-year-old Maxim Levin pleaded guilty to willful violation of health laws. 

Levin admitted to he failed to comply with public health law when he rented out 451 Fargo Ave. in Buffalo even though a “Do Not Occupy” order was issued by the Erie County Department of Health.

Officials say the Health Department was notified of children with elevated blood lead levels on two separate occasions at the Fargo Avenue address. 

A “Do Nor Allow Occupancy of Dwelling Unit” notice was posted and the property was to remain vacant until it was re-inspected and approved for occupancy by the Erie County Health Department. 

Public health sanitation returned once again to find the notice had been removed.

The residence was inspected in January and found to be occupied.

Levin was sentenced to 90 days in jail at the same time as his federal prison sentence of 21 months on an unrelated charge. 

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