Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Legislative Update

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Legislative Update

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LEAD-BASED PAINT REGULATION UPDATE

The publication of the final rule for the lead disclosure provisions of Title X has once again been delayed and is scheduled for December 1935 as this magazine goes to press. The actual regulation, which requires lessors to give all residents a pamphlet on lead hazards would probably take effect six months after the final rule is published.

But the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction and Financing Task Force report has been issued. Among the non-binding recommendations made by the group, mandated under Title X, is the suggestion that owners of all units built before 1378 that have not been found to be free of lead hazard comply with the six-point Essential Maintenance Practices. These practices include:

* using safe work practices during work that disturbs lead paint and spreads lead dust;

* inspecting all units annually or on turnover;

* making prompt and safe repair of deteriorating paint;

* providing tenants with generic lead-based paint hazard information;

* asking tenants to report signs of deteriorating paint; and

* training maintenance personnel in proper procedures in working with lead paint.

In addition, the task force recommends that additional hazard-control standards, including a risk assessment, be performed for rental units built before 1950. …

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