Lead Hazards: Policy Issue

Overview

Federal and state regulatory standards over the past 30 years have greatly reduced or eliminated lead from a variety of sources resulting in a vast decline in blood lead levels nationally.  Despite these significant advancements in public health, property owners still face the prospect of even stricter lead disclosure and remediation requirements.

NAA Position

NAA members are committed to providing healthy homes for the 35 million residents of their apartment communities. As policymakers work to protect the most vulnerable populations from potential lead exposure, they should not place the onus solely on apartment owners and operators to solve the problem with testing and remediation requirements.

As an Owner or Operator, How Does this Affect My Business?

Federal regulations require owner-operators to disclose the presence of lead-based paint and subsequent lead hazards to residents in addition to following repair, renovation, and painting guidelines, while 30 states have additional remediation requirements. It is important that owner-operators understand both the federal requirements and those of the states and localities in which they operate to avoid costly penalties and fines.

Contact Information

To learn more about this issue, please contact Ben Harrold, Manager of Public Policy at NAA.

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