Starting in 1996, rental properties in Maryland had to be registered with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and in compliance with lead risk reduction or lead free standard. Lots of landlords either were unaware of these requirements or just didn’t worry about it.
Effective February 24, 2006, all rental properties built prior to 1950 were required to be in compliance or owners may face fines of $250 per day. Visit MDE’s website for more information.
In addition to conducting lead hazard risk reduction treatments, pre-1950 rental property owners must annually register their unit(s) with MDE, perform risk reduction work each time there is a change in tenants and provide tenants with information on the lead status of their unit. For more information on Maryland’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, call the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at (410)537-3942.
If you own rental properties, or are thinking of becoming a landlord be sure to read the Summary of Owners Rights and Responsibilities. It explains a lot about the benefits of this program.
For lots more information on lead paint, there are several brochures available here.
(c) 2011 Susan Pruden