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  • NJ A3706
  • Requires owners of residential rental property to conduct lead hazard inspections in certain situations.
Introduced
(5/19/2016)
In Committee
(5/19/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would require property owners who have agreed to rent a one-family, two-family, or multiple dwelling, to hire a lead evaluation contractor, certified to provide lead inspection services by the Department of Community Affairs, to inspect the dwelling unit for lead hazards before the tenant moves into the dwelling. If a property owner is renting a dwelling unit on the effective date of this bill, then the property owner must hire a lead evaluation contractor to inspect the dwelling for lead hazards within 30 days of the effective date of the bill. Inspection for lead hazards includes the inspection of any faucet or tap regularly used for drinking or food preparation for the presence of lead. If a lead evaluation contractor finds that a lead hazard exists in a dwelling, then the owner of the dwelling must abate or control the lead hazard. Under the bill, the Commissioner of Community Affairs may authorize the payment of relocation assistance to help relocate a tenant to lead-safe housing if a lead evaluation contractor discovers a lead hazard. The bill authorizes the commissioner to pay relocation assistance to a tenant that has reached an agreement with a property owner to rent a dwelling unit, but has not moved into the dwelling unit because of the discovery of a lead hazard. If a lead evaluation contractor finds that no lead hazards exist in a dwelling upon conducting an inspection under this bill, then the lead evaluation contractor would certify the dwelling as lead-safe. The property owner would provide evidence of a lead-safe certification during cyclical inspections carried out under the "Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law," P.L. 1967.c.76 (C.55:134-1 et seq). The bill would exempt from inspection dwelling units in one- and two-family dwellings and multiple dwellings that are certified as having a lead-free interior, constructed during or after 1978, or are seasonal rental units. These exemptions are consistent with provisions of current law governing one- and two- family dwellings and multiple dwellings. Dwellings inspected for lead-based paint hazards within the last five years are exempt from lead-based paint inspections at tenant turnover. Moreover, dwellings inspected for elevated lead levels in drinking water within the last three years are exempt from water testing at tenant turnover.
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Assembly Housing and Community Development Hearing (14:00 6/2/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd. Floor)  (on 6/2/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
6/2/2016 Assembly Housing and Community Development Hearing (14:00 6/2/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd. Floor)
5/19/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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