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A Landlord’s Guide to NJ’s Lead Safe Certification

August 1, 2022

By Lee Wasserman Last week, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) released their lead-based paint regulations P.L. 2021, c.182, commonly referred to as NJ Lead Safe Certification. This NEW lead-based paint law will require lead inspections for certain New Jersey rental properties. With the murky guidance from DCA, our office has been flooded with calls from landlords and... Read More

NYC Releases Blueprint For Housing

July 21, 2022

NYC Blueprint for Housing: What NYC Landlords Need to Know About Lead Paint Inspections By: Lee Wasserman Last month, NYC Mayor Eric Adams quietly released his long-anticipated housing plan  ‘Housing Our Neighbors: A Blueprint for Housing and Homelessness’. We’ve pulled out the highlights that NYC landlords need to know about lead paint violations and increased lead paint enforcement. Local Law 31... Read More

NJ’s New Lead Safe Certification: What To Know

July 11, 2022

Join Lee Wasserman on Tuesday, July 12th, 2022 for an update on NJ’s newest lead-based paint laws hosted by Property Owners Association of NJ A must-attend for New Jersey landlords and municipalities. New Jersey’s newest lead-based paint law goes into effect in July of 2022 and directly targets ALL pre-1978 rental properties. The law, signed by Governor Murphy in 2021, imposes an obligation on municipalities to... Read More

Should High Lead Levels be a Serious Concern in Philly Parks?

April 11, 2014

Philadelphia’s has been chock full of Industrial fumes, old paint and now-banned gasoline additives putting toxic metals like lead in soil for generations. Is this a serious problem though? Lead is a basic element, so it’s normal to find small amounts in soil. According to the United States Geological Survey, lead in the soil naturally occurs at a level of... Read More

Mold Solutions and Prevention

March 13, 2014

Mold is one of America’s most persistent household problems. It is a type of fungus that forms whenever a great amount of moisture is in the air. With a winter like the one we’re having, mold will more than likely be in our spring forecast. Getting rid of mold can be a grueling task to many, but few know that... Read More

EPA Cracking Down on Contractors

February 27, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken enforcement action against thirty-five home renovation contractors for failure to follow Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) standards. For varied reasons, including not being properly trained, general contractors who’s subcontractor’s weren’t trained, and not following lead safe work practices protocol; the EPA’s enforcement actions led to more than $274,000 in penalties.  The RRP... Read More

NYCHA’s Apartment Mold Scandal

January 30, 2014

NYCHA (The New York City housing Authority), provides safe, affordable housing to over 400,000 low to moderate income New York City residents.  Recently, a suit was brought against the agency by a civic group, The Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, and the Natural Resource Defense Council.  Together, these two entities alleged NYCHA was in violation of the America Disabilities Act by... Read More

Lead Paint and Housing Discrimination in Boston

January 22, 2014

Many lead paint laws throughout the country potentially open up renters to housing discrimination based on the age of their children.  Both Philadelphia and Boston are among some cities and municipalities that require landlords and property owners to follow certain procedures when children under a certain age (in this case under 6) are living in a unit built before 1978.... Read More

Federal Lead Poisoning Prevention Funding 2014

January 17, 2014

This week funding for the CDC’s Leading Poisoning Prevention Program and  Federal Lead Poisoning Prevention funding saw an increase.  The House Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which will fund the federal government up to 9/30/2014, added $15 million dollars to reduce and prevent lead poisoning in children throughout the country.   This Bill takes 12 separate yearly spending bills and combines them into... Read More

Illegal Asbestos Work, Gene Cornell Smith gets 42 month sentence

January 16, 2014

Gene Cornell Smith, a developer from New Jersey, was recently sentenced to 42 months in prison for illegal asbestos work.  After purchasing a warehouse in Philadelphia, Smith hired unskilled day laborers to remove the asbestos throughout the site.  Asbestos removal requires specific permits, licenses and procedures be followed in order to insure the safety of workers and nearby residents.  Part... Read More