Lead Safe Certification
New Jersey's NEWEST Lead Paint law
Attention NJ Landlords
It’s here! NJ’s NEWEST lead-based paint law is now in effect and directly targets ALL pre-1978 rental properties. This new law is being referred to as, New Jersey’s Lead Safe Certification and will require lead-paint inspections, (visual and/or dust wipes) on all non-exempt rental properties at turnover.
NJ DCA official site link
What You Need to Know
The law states that the landlord MUST hire a certified lead evaluation contractor to perform inspections of certain single-family, two-family, and multiple rental dwellings for lead-based paint hazards every three years or upon tenant turnover.
If you have not tested for lead based paint and the property is pre-1978 original construction, the law states you must assume it is lead-based paint, which can be an expensive and costly lack of knowledge. Know where your lead paint is and focus your unit turnover hazard correction treatments on those areas and properly document in compliance with the requirements of this new Lead Safe Certification Rule.
ETS offers the following services to meet this NEW requirements For NJ Landlord Compliance.
1. Visual Lead Safe Certificate: The certified inspector will conduct a visual inspection to the interior and exterior of the home and look for chipping, peeling, and flaking paint. If the paint in the home is acceptable, the owner will be issued a Lead Safe Certificate good for two years.
2. Dust Wipe Testing for Lead Safe Certificate:The certified inspector will conduct a visual inspection and take dust wipe samples in the home and send to a certified lab for analysis. If the lab results come back satisfactory, the owner will be issues a Lead Safe Certificate good for two years.
ETS will do a FREE analysis of your home to see if it might qualify for a Lead-Free Certification (Valid FOREVER).
ETS’s Process for NJ Landlord Certification
The inspector will take approximately 20 random shots throughout the home to see if he or she finds lead paint right away. This service is provided at no charge to the client.
If the inspector is confident that the home is lead-free, then he or she will proceed with a comprehensive Lead Paint Inspection in order to achieve "Lead Free" status.
If the home contains only a small amount of lead, then the inspector would notify the client to recommend removing or remediating lead components to achieve the “Lead Free" Certificate.
If the home contains a large amount of lead, then the inspector would proceed to take required dust samples or complete the visual exam (depends on township requirements) in their effort to achieve a “Lead Safe" Certificate.
"Lead-Safe" vs. "Lead-Free"What's the difference?
"Lead Safe" Certification
Valid up to 2 years.
There are two types of Lead Safe Certifications( valid up to 2 years ). Each township requires either:
1. Visual Inspection: visual inspection of the property to ensure there is NO chipping or peeling paint.
2. Dust Wipe Exam: taking dust wipe samples throughout the home and sending to a lab for analysis.
"Lead Free" Certification
Vaild for LIFETIME !
A property is considered "Lead Free" ( valid for lifetime ) where the property has been certified by a licensed lead risk assessor (LRA) as “Lead Free”. This requires a Lead Paint Inspection using an XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) Analyzer.
Here at ETS, we understand all the obstacles that sellers, buyers, and landlords encounter in minimizing the costs to increase profits when dealing with real estate transactions and rental requirements.
ETS has been working with homeowners and investors since 2005, and we will guide you through the mandatory requirements in a timely, and cost effective manner.