The Dangers of Lead Paint
Lead paint is a serious health hazard, especially for children and pregnant women. Exposure to lead paint can cause developmental delays, learning difficulties, and other health problems. In Maryland, it is illegal to sell, rent, or renovate a home that contains lead paint without proper registration and certification.
Lead Paint Registration Requirements
If you own a property built before 1978, you must register with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to ensure that your property is safe for tenants and occupants. Registration requirements include completing a registration form, submitting an inspection report, and obtaining a certification from MDE.
The registration form requires basic information about the property, including the owner’s name and contact information, the property’s address and type, and the number of units. You must also provide documentation showing that your property has been inspected for lead paint hazards.
The inspection report must be conducted by a state-certified lead inspector or risk assessor. The inspector will examine the property for lead paint hazards, including peeling or chipping paint, dust, and soil contamination. If lead paint hazards are found, you must hire a certified contractor to perform the necessary repairs or abatement.
Once you have completed the registration form and inspection report, you must obtain certification from MDE. The certification must be renewed every two years, and it confirms that your property is safe for tenants and occupants.
Penalties for Non-Compliance
If you fail to register your property or comply with lead paint regulations, you may face penalties and fines. The state of Maryland can issue citations and order corrective action, and landlords may face lawsuits from tenants who have been exposed to lead paint hazards.
Tips for Lead Paint Safety
Even if your property is registered and certified, there are steps you can take to ensure lead paint safety. These include:
- Regularly inspecting your property for peeling or chipping paint
- Cleaning up dust and debris from renovations or repairs
- Providing tenants with information about lead paint hazards
- Encouraging tenants to report any lead paint hazards
Lead paint registration is an important step in maintaining the safety of your property and protecting the health of your tenants and occupants. By following the registration requirements and taking steps to ensure lead paint safety, you can avoid penalties and fines and provide a safe living environment for your tenants.