What is Local Law 31?
Local Law 31 is a New York City law that requires landlords to investigate and address any potential lead-based paint hazards in their buildings. The law was enacted to protect children under the age of six and pregnant women from lead poisoning.
How Does Local Law 31 Work?
Landlords are required to inspect their buildings for lead-based paint hazards every five years, or whenever there is a turnover in a unit where a child under six years old will be living. If lead-based paint hazards are found, the landlord must take action to remove or contain the lead.
What are the Penalties for Non-Compliance?
Landlords who fail to comply with Local Law 31 can face significant penalties, including fines of up to $2,500 for each violation. Additionally, landlords who violate the law can be held liable for any damages or injuries caused by lead poisoning.
How Can Tenants Protect Themselves?
Tenants can protect themselves from lead poisoning by asking their landlord for information about lead-based paint hazards in their building. If a tenant has a child under six years old or is pregnant, they can request an inspection of their unit for lead-based paint hazards.
What Should Landlords Do?
Landlords should comply with Local Law 31 by inspecting their buildings for lead-based paint hazards and taking action to remove or contain any lead found. They should also provide information to their tenants about the risks of lead poisoning and how to protect themselves.
How Can Lead Poisoning be Treated?
Lead poisoning can be treated, but it is best to prevent exposure in the first place. Treatment may include chelation therapy, which removes lead from the body, and medications to control symptoms.
Local Law 31 is an important law that protects children and pregnant women from lead poisoning. Landlords should comply with the law by inspecting their buildings for lead-based paint hazards and taking appropriate action. Tenants should educate themselves about the risks of lead poisoning and ask their landlords for information and inspections. By working together, we can help prevent lead poisoning and ensure the health and safety of our communities.