An Evanston landlord has been hit with a $125,000 civil penalty and ordered to do $2.3 million in lead abatement work on properties in Chicago and Evanston by the federal government.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement today with Cameel Halim’s Wilmette Real Estate & Management Company and related companies.

The federal agencies say Halim’s companies failed to properly inform some tenants in 14 buildings in Evanston and Chicago that their apartments could contain potentially dangerous levels of lead.

The settlement will lead to replacement of windows or removal of lead-based paint from windows in buildings containing 463 apartment units as well as lead abatement work on porches in 10 buildings over the next five years.

The properties in Evanston affected by the settlement include 722 Reba Place, 301 Custer Ave., 727-29 Seward St., 801-07 Seward St. and 608-612 Sherman Ave.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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