Do I have to utilize the municipal inspectors to obtain a “lead-safe” certificate?

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… 

  1. the owner has previously failed to complete periodic inspections  OR
  2. 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)

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1. What is P.L.2021, c.182, The Lead-Based Paint Inspection Law?
2. What housing is exempt from these lead-based paint inspections?
3. What is lead-based paint and why is it hazardous?
4. What method/procedure do municipal inspectors in Princeton use to deem a property “lead-safe”?
5. What is the difference between a visual inspection and dust wipe sampling?
6. What is the “lead-safe” certificate and how does it differ from other designations (i.e. “lead-free” and “lead-hazard free)? Can they be used interchangeably?
7. When must the first inspection take place?
8. How often must these inspections take place?
9. What are the fees associated with this inspection?
10. Do I have to utilize the municipal inspectors to obtain a “lead-safe” certificate?
11. What can I do as a property owner/landlord to prepare for the enactment of this ordinance?
12. What if my property fails the lead-safe inspection?
13. What is the difference between interim controls and abatement?
14. Who can perform lead remediation work?
15. Is there funding to assist property owners with lead remediation work?
16. What are the penalties for property owners that fail to comply with this ordinance?
17. Which lead remediation method do I have to use?
18. The lead-based hazards identified in the inspection have been remediated. What happens now?
19. As a tenant, how do I know if the unit I am renting or plan to rent has been certified lead-safe?
20. What steps are taken if the unit I am renting does not pass lead-safe inspection?
21. If lead-based paint hazards have been identified in my unit, what actions do I need to take to protect my health?
22. If a property is completely gutted and renovated, how does that property get exempted from lead-safe inspections?