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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Dealing With Lead Paint in Your NYC Rental

What can you do if you find that your apartment has lead paint?

Most of us are aware that earlier in this century lead was used as a main ingredient in all types of paint. This practice went on for decades until the public became aware of the adverse effects of lead exposure. In 1978, the use of lead in paint was banned in the United States. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that you don’t have it in your rental or house.

The exposure to lead can cause severe health issues. Although young children, especially toddlers who usually put a lot in their mouths, are at the highest risk, exposure to lead can be detrimental to adults as well. Exposure can cause emergency side effects such as vomiting and seizures, but can also cause long-term issues such as mental and developmental impairments. Therefore, if you have young children or are expecting a child, you want to steer clear of paint that contains lead, especially if it is peeling, flaking, chipping or creating dust.

If your apartment is in a building that was built before 1960, it likely contains lead paint. But, the use of lead was not banned until the late 1970’s so any building from that area may contain the toxic substance. If you think there might be lead paint in your apartment, you can request an inspection from the City of New York. If children under the age of 6 reside in the apartment, it is City law that the apartment be inspected once a year. If lead paint is found it cannot just be painted over. A professional painter certified in lead remediation must be brought in to remove the substance. This should be done at no cost to the renter, as it is the landlord’s responsibility.

If you have lead paint or any other rental issues, you should speak to an experienced Bronx real estate attorney today.


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