Lead-Based Paint

The Lead-Based Paint Inspection Law (P.L.2021, C.182)

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The Lead-based Paint Inspection Law (P.L.2021, c.182) addresses lead-based paint hazards in residential rental property and establishes lead-based paint hazard control work programs.

The law imposes an obligation on municipalities to perform or hire a certified lead evaluation contractor to perform inspections of certain single-family, two-family, and multiple rental dwellings for lead-based paint hazards, at times specified in the law.

A municipality shall permit dwelling owners/landlords to directly hire a certified lead evaluation contractor for this purpose. Municipalities may – and are encouraged to – perform supplemental inspections in some dwellings where the owner has directly hired a certified lead evaluation contractor to perform the periodic lead-based paint inspections to confirm that such inspections are being conducted in accordance with the legal requirements. 

The municipality can prohibit dwelling owners from directly hiring a lead evaluation contractor if the owner has previously failed to have the periodic inspections completed or if there is a perceived or actual conflict of interest between the owner and their choice of lead evaluation contractor as determined by the municipality, and instead require owners to utilize municipal inspectors or lead evaluation contractors contracted by the municipality for this purpose. 

If lead-based paint hazards are identified, then the owner of the dwelling shall remediate through abatement or lead-based paint hazard control mechanisms.

Lead-Based Paint in Rental Dwellings Guide for Owners & Residents

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This guide is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of lead-based paint hazards, how to inspect for such hazards, and how hazards can be mitigated or eliminated for compliance with P.L.2021, c.182. The guide is intended to serve owners and residents of rental dwellings throughout the State of New Jersey.

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DCA Certified Lead Inspectors

Lead Inspection

Individuals are certified as lead inspector/risk assessors, lead abatement workers, and lead abatement supervisors by the New Jersey Department of Health pursuant to their regulations at N.J.A.C. 8:62, adopted under the authority of N.J.S.A. 26:2Q-1, et seq. Information on the requirements for an individual to be certified may be found online at:

 https://www.nj.gov/health/ceohs/lead/lead-workers-supervisors

DCA Certified Lead Abatement Firms

Lead Abatement

Firms that perform lead evaluation or abatement services are certified by the Department of Community Affairs. This information may be found online at:

https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/offices/leadhazard_abatement.html

Prior to engaging any Lead Abatement or Lead Evaluation firm, contact Lead Hazard Abatement at (609) 633-6224 or by fax at (609) 943-5159 to verify the contractor's certification status.  EPA lead-safe work practices and certification requirements have been in effect since April 2010 for individuals who conduct renovations or repairs in housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978.

To learn more about these requirements, please contact EPA Region 2 at (732) 321-6671, or visit EPA's website links below:

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