Sandy Watkins, administrator of Alban's lead
paint inspection division, reminds all rental property
owners and property managers that the Maryland lead-based
paint law has a looming deadline. Do not forget FEBRUARY 24,
2006! The Maryland lead paint law, known as HB 760, covers
rental housing built before 1978. It requires that 100% of
the properties covered by the law must have satisfied the
Risk Reduction Standards by February 24, 2006.
This means that every rental unit that is subject to House
Bill 760 must have been inspected at least once. If a tenant
has been in the dwelling ever since February 24, 1996 when
the law became affective, there has been no need for an
inspection since there was no turnover. However, such a
dwelling with a long-term tenant must be inspected by
February 24, 2006.
Sandy asks that owners and property managers schedule early.
It is just as valid to have an inspection on a previously
uninspected rental dwelling on September 24, 2005 as on
February 24, 2006. We anticipate that MDE will be
particularly nasty towards Maryland property owners and/or
their property managers who fail to have 100% compliance.
Realtors who call George their friend, and his
colleagues at Alban, both in the office and fellow home
inspectors who enjoy day-to-day camaraderie. We thank George for
being himself and for being real. All who have worked with and
who know George wish him the very best in his future endeavors.
–Arthur S. Lazerow,
President of Alban