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.
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