Landlords may be required to get either a “lead free” or “lead safe” certification by a certified lead assessor.
Homeowners are not required to have a certified lead content inspection, however, it is wise to do so.
Half of the homes in Philadelphia were built before 1956, according recent studies. The average age of homes in Philadelphia is now 55 years. Since most homes in Philadelphia are susceptible to lead poisoning, laws have been enacted to protect its residents.
Philadelphia City Council took action against lead poisoning in 2011 when it passed Philadelphia City Ordinance 100011-A, also known as “the lead based paint disclosure ordinance.”
The ordinance requires that rental properties in Philadelphia be certified as either “lead free” or “lead safe” before they can be rented.
“Lead free” refers to a home where there are no traces of lead.
“Lead Safe” refers to homes that have traces of lead but are not at a dangerous level.
Landlords with tenants who have children 6 or under are required to get either a “lead free” or “lead safe” certification by a certified lead assessor. A “lead free” certificate lasts a lifetime while a “lead safe” certificate” has to be renewed every two years. A “lead safe” certificate is valid for only two years.
Failure to comply with these standards will result in fines levied by the city against the landlord.