New Lead Safe Residential Rental Requirements in Toledo

On August 16, 2016 Toledo City Council passed the Lead Safe Ordinance to reduce exposure to harmful lead hazards like deteriorating paint that can be present in older homes.

  • All single-family rental properties, duplexes, family child care homes, and rental structures with up to four units built prior to 1978 are affected by the ordinance and must be inspected.
  • If no lead hazard exists, no remediation is needed.
  • Properties with identified lead hazards must be put into a “lead safe” condition through containment practices outlined in the measure.
  • The Lead Safe Ordinance does NOT require lead paint, for example, to be fully removed, which can be costly.
  • The measure goes into effect September 16, 2016, but landlords have at least a year (until September 16, 2017) to get their properties inspected and contain any identified hazards to be in compliance with the ordinance.
  • Owners with more than 10 properties may request an additional year to fully comply as long as they have registered 10 structures before September 16, 2017.
  • Frequently Asked Questions are being compiled by the Toledo Lucas County Health Department and will be shared when available.
  • Persons who need information immediately may contact the Toledo Lucas County Health Department at 419-213-4100, pressing option 3 for Environmental Health.

Posted by Stacy Weber on Friday, August 19, 2016.