Lead Paint Law in Philadelphia:
Beginning December 21, 2012, the Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification Law will require Philadelphia landlords to ensure that property rented to families with children 6 years and younger is lead safe.
The goal of the new law is to prevent all children who live in Philadelphia rental properties from becoming lead poisoned.
The law states that upon turnover, before renting any house or apartment built before 1978, to new tenants with children aged 6 years and younger, the landlord must:
- certify the property is lead safe or lead free
- provide the tenant with a copy of a lead safe or lead free certificate, along with other required information
- provide the Department of Public Health with a copy of the lead safe or lead free certificate, signed by the tenant
In addition, landlords must indicate they are complying with the law when they apply for a new or renewed rental license.
Who Else Needs Lead Paint Testing?
What is now considered an unsafe level of lead content was used in the manufacture of paint as recently as 1978.
This means if the property you live in or work in was built even as late as the mid 1980’s, the walls may have lead levels deemed to be a potential health hazard.
We provide lead paint testing to determine if your property will pass a lead-safe environment test. Even if you’re not required by law to do this, you’ll feel better if you do. Won’t you?
Homes Built On Previously Demolished Building Sites
Older buildings have a higher incidence of lead content, mostly from paint and plumbing. Ground where buildings were previously demolished should be tested for lead content. Certification of safe lead levels is not expensive and it’s very important. Young children are extremely vulnerable to even the slightest levels of lead exposure.