Lead-Based Paint

The Lead-Based Paint Inspection Law (P.L.2021, C.182)

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The Lead-based Paint Inspection Law (P.L.2021, c.182) addresses lead-based paint hazards in residential rental property and establishes lead-based paint hazard control work programs.

So, what does this Lead Safe Certification law require of a property owner?

If you rent pre-1978 property that does not qualify for one of the exemptions, beginning July 2022, you will be required to have a Visual Lead-Paint Inspection.  Not only that, but also possibly obtain lead dust wipe samples upon turnover of every unit or every three years and obtain a Lead Safe Certification, (which is only good for two years). 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. 

This inspection, (visual and/or dust wipe) can only be done by a Municipal local agency inspection program or a NJ DCA certified Lead Evaluation contractor.  All of whom will assess a fee for the inspection services.   

Beginning July 2022, all NJ rental properties that are not exempt will be required upon their first turnover or within two years of the effective date to complete their initial Lead Safe Certification inspection.  Going forward this law will require property owners to continually re-certify their units as Lead-Safe at either turnover or every three years (whichever comes first) and Lead Safe Certifications are only valid for 2 years. 

If no lead-based paint hazards are found during the inspection, the local agency or the DCA certified lead evaluation contractor shall certify the dwelling unit as lead-safe on a form prescribed by the department of Community Affairs.

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READ MORE about your obligation as a property owner related to the new law on the Property Owners Association of New Jersey 's website.

Lead-Based Paint in Rental Dwellings Guide for Owners & Residents

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This guide is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of lead-based paint hazards, how to inspect for such hazards, and how hazards can be mitigated or eliminated for compliance with P.L.2021, c.182. The guide is intended to serve owners and residents of rental dwellings throughout the State of New Jersey.

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DCA Certified Lead Inspectors

Lead Inspection

Individuals are certified as lead inspector/risk assessors, lead abatement workers, and lead abatement supervisors by the New Jersey Department of Health pursuant to their regulations at N.J.A.C. 8:62, adopted under the authority of N.J.S.A. 26:2Q-1, et seq. Information on the requirements for an individual to be certified may be found online at:


DCA Certified Lead Abatement Firms

Lead Abatement

Firms that perform lead evaluation or abatement services are certified by the Department of Community Affairs. This information may be found online at:


Prior to engaging any Lead Abatement or Lead Evaluation firm, contact Lead Hazard Abatement at (609) 633-6224 or by fax at (609) 943-5159 to verify the contractor's certification status.  EPA lead-safe work practices and certification requirements have been in effect since April 2010 for individuals who conduct renovations or repairs in housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978.

To learn more about these requirements, please contact EPA Region 2 at (732) 321-6671, or visit EPA's website links below:

Related Forms and Publications

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