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Posted on: July 25, 2022

New Lead-Based Paint Inspections Requirements Now Law – Resources and Training Available

As a reminder, the new lead-based paint inspection requirements, pursuant to P.L.2021, c.182, take effect today, July 22, 2022. The law, signed by Governor Murphy last year, 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 every three years or upon tenant turnover where there is no valid lead-safe certification. Municipalities must permit dwelling owners/landlords to directly hire a certified lead evaluation contractor for this purpose. 
   
 Municipalities that fail to comply with the new inspection requirements may be subject to a penalty of up to $1,000 per week.
   
Municipal officials are encouraged to review the guidance issued by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), along with the recent Lunch and Learn programs on these new requirements, held June 3 and July 15, hosted by the League and presented by the DCA. In addition, the DCA will be holding several workshops providing an overview of the law’s inspection requirements, enforcement requirements, and considerations regarding how to address lead-based paint hazards in the upcoming weeks. 
  
Contact: Lori Buckelew, Deputy Executive Director & Director of Government Affairs, lbuckelew@njlm.org, 609-695-3481, x112.

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