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NJ Requiring Lead-Based Paint Inspections for Certain Rental Properties by 7/22

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In July 2022, the State of New Jersey passed legislation that requires property owners who rent units in buildings that were built before 1978 to schedule lead-based paint inspections as a part of the 2022 New Jersey Lead Safe Certification Law. The inspections must be done with a certified municipal inspector or private certified contractor, and property owners must receive a lead-safe certificate by July 22nd, 2024, per a press release from the City of Hoboken. Read on for what this means for Hoboken residents.

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What to Know

On July 22nd, 2022, The State of New Jersey passed the New Jersey Lead Safe Certification Law. This requires property owners who rent units in buildings that were built before 1978 to schedule lead inspections with a certified municipal inspector or private certified contractor and receive a lead-safe certificate by July 22nd, 2024. A list of exempt properties can be found here.

Properties must be reinspected every three years, or upon tenant turnover, whichever is earlier.

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Private contractors chosen to provide lead evaluation and/or abatement services must be certified by the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA). A list of approved contractors can be found here.

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If a licensed lead evaluation contractor is used, a copy of the lead-safe certificate must be provided to the municipal inspector and the municipal clerk, by emailing it to: leadcertification@hobokennj.gov.

If lead-based paint hazards are identified during inspection, the owner is required to remediate that hazard and the unit must be re-inspected before a lead-safe certification can be issued. Property owners who do not remedy an identified hazard within 30 days of inspection are subject to penalties.

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According to the NJ DCA, there are significant dangers to having lead-based paint in buildings, and it can potentially cause permanent health issues. Children are especially vulnerable. The most common way young children are exposed to lead is by putting lead-based paint chips in their mouths or by inhaling dust in and around their homes or apartments.

 

 

Per a press release from the City of Hoboken, Hoboken property owners can schedule lead-safe certification visual inspections with a certified municipal inspector or hire an NJDCA certified lead evaluation contractor.

City inspection appointments can be made by emailing leadcertification@hobokennj.gov. Fees for a City inspection, are as follows:

  • Two bedrooms or less: $125
  • Three bedrooms: $150
  • Four bedrooms: $175
  • Five or more bedrooms: $200
  • Re-inspection: $100

Property owners or landlords with further concerns or questions can call 201-420-2000 Extension 5201 or email leadcertification@hobokennj.gov.

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To learn more about the dangers of lead-based paint and the NJ inspection certification law, click here.

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