Dwelling units that pass visual tests for intact paint frequently contain invisible lead dust hazards detectable through dust wipe sampling. Thus, in municipalities that have a higher concentration of children with elevated blood lead levels, the bill requires a lead evaluation contractor or permanent local agency to inspect for lead-based paint hazards through dust wipe sampling.
In municipalities with a lower concentration of children with elevated blood lead levels, the bill allows a lead evaluation contractor or permanent local agency to inspect for lead-based paint hazards through visual assessment.
Rental properties that have been certified to be free of lead-based paint or lead-safe, properties that were constructed during or after 1978, and seasonal rental units would be exempt from the inspection and registration requirements. However, the bill eliminates the exemption for seasonal rentals from the cyclical inspections required under the “Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Act.”
Lastly, the bill requires the DCA, in consultation with the Department of Health, to establish a Statewide, multifaceted, ongoing educational program designed to meet the needs of tenants, property owners, realtors and real estate agents, insurers and insurance agents, and local building officials about the nature of lead hazards, the importance of lead hazard control and mitigation, and the responsibilities set forth in this bill.
Places like daycare centers, private schools, and other facilities serving small children should be a top priority for lead inspections.
The bill requires the DCA to establish guidelines and a trainer’s manual for a lead hazard seminar for rental property owners. The lead hazard seminar established under this bill would not exceed three hours in length and would be offered for a maximum fee of $50.00 per participant.
Property owners who complete the lead hazard seminar may be eligible to self-inspect their properties under this bill. In order to self-inspect, the Department of Community Affairs, a permanent local agency, or a certified lead evaluation contractor would have had to certify the dwelling as lead-safe within the preceding five years.