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NJ State Law P.L.2021, c.182 addresses lead-based paint hazards in residential rental property and
establishes lead-based paint hazard control work programs.
The law imposes an obligation on municipalities to perform or hire a certified lead
evaluation contractor to perform inspections of certain single-family, two-family, and
multiple rental dwellings for lead-based paint hazards, at times specified in the law.
A municipality shall permit dwelling owners/landlords to directly hire a certified lead
evaluation contractor for this purpose. Municipalities may – and are encouraged to –
perform supplemental inspections in some dwellings where the owner has directly
hired a certified lead evaluation contractor to perform the periodic lead-based paint
inspections to confirm that such inspections are being conducted in accordance with
the legal requirements.
The municipality can prohibit dwelling owners from directly hiring a lead evaluation
contractor if the owner has previously failed to have the periodic inspections
completed or if there is a perceived or actual conflict of interest between the owner
and their choice of lead evaluation contractor as determined by the municipality, and
instead require owners to utilize municipal inspectors or lead evaluation contractors
contracted by the municipality for this purpose.

Please note: The law is applicable to properties built prior to 1978. Egg Harbor City rentals are subject to the Dust Wipe Inspection method. All rental dwelling units required to be inspected must be inspected for lead-based paint within two years of the effective date of the law, July 22, 2022, or upon tenant turnover, whichever is earlier. This means that the first inspection must take place no later than July 22, 2024.


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