Landlords – Maryland

Kathy_picThere are 2 types of lead inspections for landlords:

  1. Lead Free Lead Paint Inspection.  In this inspection we take an XRF ‘gun’ and shoot an X-ray to determine if there is any lead based paint. If there is no lead based paint, we issue a ‘lead free’ certificate and your legal requirements are complete.
  2. Full Risk Reduction / Clearance Inspection (also known as ‘dust swipes’ or ‘lead safe’). This inspection is a visual inspection to look for any defective paint (inside, outside and in the basement) and then dust swipes to make sure there is no lead dust.  The certificate issued is only valid for the current tenant or for 2 years so each time the tenant changes a new certificate is required.

Multi Unit Buildings and Apartments (10 units plus)

For multi unit buildings and apartments we may not be required to inspect every apartment.  HUD requires a certain number of units to be teasted depending on the total number of units.d to be tested. The units are legally required to be selected using a random number generator. If the selected units are lead free then the whole building is deemed lead free.

In a multi-unit building, the common areas are considered the ‘exterior’ of the building therefore if lead paint is present, you can still attain a limited lead free certificate.