Property owners may elect to hire a certified lead evaluation contractor to obtain a “lead-safe” certificate. However, municipalities are also allowed to perform supplemental inspections to confirm that such inspections are being conducted in accordance with the legal requirements.
Municipalities may prohibit owners of rental units from directly hiring a lead evaluation contractor if…
- the owner has previously failed to complete periodic inspections OR
- if there is a perceived or actual conflict of interest between the owner and their chosen lead evaluation contractor.
If you do choose to directly hire a lead evaluation contractor, the lead-safe certificate must be presented to the Princeton Bureau of Rental Housing Inspections. The property owner is also still subject to the $20 fee to be deposited into the Lead Hazard Control Assistance Act Fund pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:28A-2.2(b).