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  • When is the deadline to have a lead-based paint inspection?
    All rental units in buildings pre 1960 must have a lead inspection performed by August 9, 2025. Alternatively, if a child under the age of 6 comes to reside in the unit, the inspection must take place within one year of the arrival or by the August 9, 2025 deadline - whichever comes first.
  • How long does the inspection take?
    If inspectors have access to all walls and windows in every room of your apartment, the inspection should not take more than an hour.
  • Do I have to have common areas in my building inspected?
    Local Law 111 of 2203 now requires X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) inspections in common areas of residential buildings built before 1960 and building between 1960 and 1978 that are known to have lead-based paint.
  • Do I have to notify my tenants of lead paint in their apartment?
    Landlords must provide an annual lead notice between January 1-15 to all tenants in pre-1960 dwellings or dwellings built between 1960 and 1978, where the owner knows lead-based paint exists. Landlords must provide two copies, one for the tenant to keep and one for the tenant to sign and return.
  • What is Local Law 31?
    Local Law 31 requires property owners to have X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) lead inspections conducted to test for lead-based paint in multi dwelling residential buildings. This law was implemented to protect families from exposure to lead and its hazardous effects.
  • Does HUD audit landlords for compliance with lead-base paint laws?
    Yes, HUD randomly selects building to audit. Audits are increasing in number every year as the August 9, 2025 deadline approaches.
  • What is a friction surface?
    Frication occurs where two surfaces rub against one another. These include door/door frames and window/window frames. These surfaces can release lead chips and dust because they are disturbed by movement (opening and closing).
  • What does Lead Safe mean?
    Lead Safe means that surfaces still contain lead-based paint but have been "encapsulated" with sheet rock or encapsulation paint.
  • What does Lead Free mean?
    Lead Free means that there is no lead paint present. Any lead paint that was present was successfully abated and retested with an XRF and Dust Wipe Samples were negative for lead paint dust.
  • Do I have to abate the lead paint in my building?
    You have to abate lead paint on friction surfacest turnover and if there is a child living there who is under six and resides in the unit more than 10 hours per week.
  • How long would an inspection of my apartment take?
    An inspection takes approximately one hour per apartment.
  • Who is at risk from lead paint poisoning?
    Children and pregnant women are most susceptible to the dangers posed by lead-based paint. Lead exposure in children can cause damage to the brain and nervous system. It can cause learning, behavior, hearing and speech problems in children. Lead can increase the risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy causing miscarriage, preterm delivery and low birth weight.


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