Lead Standards Looming for Pre-78 Rental Owners

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Although all bills concerning lead paint liability died at the 2013 Maryland General Assembly session, owners and managers of rental housing built before 1978 should start taking steps this year to meet the significant regulatory and financial requirements for lead paint that will be effective Jan. 1, 2015. Legislation enacted in 2012 will extend Maryland’s lead paint law for rental properties built before 1950 to rental housing built before 1978.

Since there will likely be a shortage of companies in 2014 to perform the required lead paint testing by the Dec. 31, 2014 deadline, prudent owners and managers of multifamily rental properties will contact certified inspectors and contractors this year to begin the compliance process. Unless the property is certified as lead-free by an inspector, requirements include:

  • Registration with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and payment of $30 annually for each rental unit.
  • Distributing an information packet to new tenants and every 2 years thereafter regarding lead paint.
  • Meeting risk reduction standards to abate any chipping, flaking or peeling paint in the interior or exterior of the property.
  • Obtaining a verification inspection certificate showing that the risk reduction standards were met.

Substantial penalties ($20 per unit per day) can be applied to properties that are not in compliance by Jan. 1, 2015. For more information see:

  • Lead paint compliance information from MDE
  • A list of certified contractors and inspectors. Also check AOBA’s membership directory for associate members that are certified to perform lead paint consulting and inspections.