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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 23, 2021 10:45 AM
From: Representative P. Michael Sturla
To: All House members
Subject: Lead Testing Requirement for Landlords
In 1978, the federal government banned consumer usage of lead-based paint. It was estimated in 2016 that 70% of Pennsylvania’s housing stock at that time was built before 1978.
Current law requires landlords to disclose the presence of lead in rental properties only if they know it exists. Thus, a loophole exists where landlords can honestly disclose that they have no knowledge of the existence of lead hazard if they never have their property tested.
As a result, I plan to soon introduce legislation that would require a lead test for any residential structure built prior to 1978 that is being rented or leased. These tests would not need to be administered every time the property is re-rented or leased, but the results and date of the test would need to be supplied to those occupying the premises. It also would require every municipality to maintain a list of the lead test results for these properties.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation. 

Introduced as HB1324