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
Mike Lautensack, President