Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New Maryland Pre-1978 Lead Paint Law

Previously, the Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Program was required for all rental properties built prior to 1950, but was optional for properties between 1950 and 1978. However, come January 1, 2015 it will be mandatory for all properties built before 1978 to comply as well. This new lead paint law will collectively affect home owners, contractors, landlords and project managers.

Especially impacted by this new law will be property owners, who will be expected to perform and enact the following requirements:
  1. Every landlord and property manager should distribute the following three forms on or before the tenant's move in date, and keep a signed statement from the tenant acknowledging receiving these items:
    1. The Notice of Tenant Rights
    2. The EPA brochure, “Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home
    3. A copy of the lead inspection certificate for the unit
  2. Ensure that the property is currently registered with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and to pay a $30.00 per property/unit registration fee
  3. Obtain a passing Full Risk Reduction Certificate prior to a tenant moving into the property. This certificate can only be issued by a select number of inspectors, licensed for this type of inspection.  The cost for this service can range from $200-$500 depending on the property and inspector chosen for the work.

For more information regarding the new lead paint law visit http://www.mde.state.md.us/lead

Visit GreenEDU for information regarding Lead Inspector Certification requirements and available courses.