Sunday, January 06, 2008

Lead Paint Legislation Signed by NJ Governor

On January 4, 2008, Governor Corzine signed into law legislation, A3263 - Payne (D29), Stanley (D28) Truitt (D28) [PDF], that will expand the scope of lead paint inspection requirements for multiple dwelling units to also include single-family and two-family rental dwelling units.

Currently, state law provides that multiple dwellings are inspected at least once every five years for lead paint hazards. According to the law, the Department of Community Affairs will charge a fee sufficient to cover the cost of inspections, provided that the fee does not exceed one-third of the inspection fee for a three-unit multiple dwelling. The law, which is effective immediately, includes exemptions for owner-occupied two-family residential properties, properties that have been certified to be free of lead-based paint or of having a lead-free interior by a certified inspector, properties that were constructed during or after 1978, and seasonal rental units that are rented for less than six months' duration each year.

(Source: NJAR)

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