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Effective January 1, 2015 – New Lead Based Paint Requirements for Maryland Properties Built Prior to 1978

Posted by Marian C. Hwang Tuesday, October 14, 2014

As of January 1, 2015, any property with a rental unit constructed prior to 1978 in Maryland (unless certified as “Lead Free” or “Limited Lead Free”).

•    Must be registered on or before December 31, 2014 with payment of $30 per dwelling unit;

•    Must be inspected by a State accredited inspector and meet certain risk reduction standards at each change in occupancy or upon notice of paint defects or elevated blood levels of a child under 6 or a pregnant woman; and

•    Must provide the tenant with a copy of the current inspection certificate, the “Notice of Tenants Rights,” and “Protect Your

Family from Lead in Your Home” brochures at inception of tenancy and every two years thereafter.

If the property is certified as “Lead Free” or “Limited Lead Free”, the inspection report must be submitted to the Maryland Department of the Environment (“MDE”) with a processing fee of $10 per unit.  “Limited Lead Free” properties require submission to MDE of a certification from an accredited inspector every two years to maintain the exemption.   Current laws require similar registration, risk reduction and provision of information requirements for rental dwelling units built in Maryland prior to 1950.