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What is the difference between "lead free" and "lead safe"?
Lead Free. The circumstance in which the interior and exterior surfaces of a property do not contain any lead-based paint and the property contains no lead-contaminated soil or lead- contaminated dust.
Cost: $1000-$20,000 In Philadelphia
Lead Safe. The circumstance in which a property is free of a condition that causes or may cause exposure to lead from lead-contaminated dust, lead-contaminated soil, deteriorated lead- based paint, deteriorated presumed lead-based paint, or other similar threat of lead exposure due to the condition of the property itself.
Cost: $250-$425 In Philadelphia
How long does it take to get a Lead Safe Certificate?
As long as your property pass all stages,
It can take as little as 24 hrs to a week.
Does the Lead Safe Certificate expire?
The Lead Safe Certificate is valid for 4 years.
ITS THE LAW!
Per L&I This is actual customer's email.
"Dear Rental Property Owner:
As of October 1, 2020, L&I’s eCLIPSE system will “ping” the Philadelphia Department of Public Health before issuing new or renewed rental licenses to landlords in eleven zip codes. A new or renewed rental license will be issued to a landlord in those zip codes only if the landlord has submitted a lead certificate to the Health Department’s certification database.
The eleven zip codes are 19121, 19131, 19132, 19133, 19138, 19139, 19140, 19141, 19143, 19144, and 19151.
This procedure will be phased in for rental properties in the remaining zip codes over the next two years. Until then, landlords in the remaining zip codes must follow current law, which requires them to obtain a lead certificate only if they rent to children under six years of age. (Note: No lead certificate is required for properties built after 1978).
To submit a lead certificate to the Health Department database, go to https://leadcertification.phila.gov, create or log in to your account, and upload the certificate. You can obtain a lead certificate if your property is certified “lead safe” or “lead free” by a PA certified Risk Assessor or Lead Dust Sampling Technician.
Please see the Health Department website at https://www.phila.gov/services/permits-violations-licenses/apply-for-a-permit/environmental-permits-and-approvals/submit-lead-certification-and-inspection-reports/ "
What will happens if your tenants learn about the law?
Tenants may withhold rent until the landlord provided a lead-safe certificate. That means they can refuse to pay without fear of retaliation from the owner, landlord.
What if I don’t have tenants yet?
In the event the applicant for a rental license does not have any lessees, no license shall be issued with respect to any Targeted Housing unless the applicant has provided to the Department of Public Health a current certification that the property is lead safe.
Do I have to follow the law?
Landlords MUST test and certify their rental properties as lead-safe if a child age 6 or under is residing in the property.
In 2020, All rental properties will be required to obtain lead-safe certification in order to execute a new or renewed lease or receive new or renewed rental licenses.
WARNING: Any owner or representative of the owner who violates any provision of [subsection 6-403(5)(a)] this Section 6-403 shall be subject to a fine of $300 [and/or imprisonment of up to 90 days] for each offense for each residential unit, except that failure to comply with any order issued under this Section shall be subject to a fine of $2,000 dollars for each residential unit.
Example of this Warning Click Here
Do I have to get a Lead Safe Certificate?
Yes. A family child care home must have a certificate of registration in order to legally operate. Without a Lead Safe Certificate, No license will be given.
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