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Lead Paint Regulations For Newer Rental Properties

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MARYLAND - New regulations for lead paint inspection in Maryland are finally taking effect, in an effort to keep children safe. New regulations that passed in 2012 went into effect yesterday, mandating rental properties built in 1978 or earlier to be inspected for lead paint. The original Lead Risk Reduction in Housing Act of 1994 said rentals built before the 1950s had to be checked for lead paint. Owners have until January 1st to have their properties inspected, or face fines. The inspection is a $30 fee.

"Exposure to lead is the most significant and widespread environmental hazard for children in Maryland. They have to get certain registered contractors to come and do this abatement to get the lead out," says Department of the Environment spokeswoman Samantha Kappalman.

Since the previous law's passage in 1994, child lead poisoning cases in Maryland fell by 98 percent. Children are at greatest risk of lead poisoning before age six, when their neurological systems are developing.

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