Property Management Blog

New legislation changes the Lead Paint Swipe Rules in Philadelphia

Most landlords are aware that Philadelphia requires a Lead Safe Certificate for all rentals that were built pre-1978 that have a tenant(s) with a child that is 6 or under.  But the rules are changing.

  • Beginning October 1, 2020, landlords will be required to test and certify rental properties as lead-safe or lead-free, regardless of a child’s age, in order to:
    • Execute a new or renewed lease or
    • Receive or renew a rental license
  • The new regulations will be phased in over 2 years by zip codes
  • Landlords upon signing a lease agreement must send a copy of the Certification of lead Safe to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and provide a copy to the tenant(s). 
  • Also note that if you have an eviction later you must be able to PROVE you provided a copy of the Certification to the tenant(s).
  • The Lead Test Swipe and subsequent certifications are now valid for four (4) years versus the old rule where is was just 2 years.
  • For more info go here 


Thank You
Mike Lautensack, President