City of Toledo's Lead-Safe Ordinance on Hold Pending Decision on Preliminary Injunction

Wednesday, May 03, 2023

The preliminary injunction ordered by the Court in Lucas County Court of Common Pleas Case No. 2022-2810 remains in place. Therefore, the City is not presently enforcing the Lead-Safe Ordinance. A decision on whether the injunction will continue is expected in a few months.

The City continues to believe that requiring 1-4 unit residential rental properties and family childcare homes built prior to 1978 to certify as lead-safe will help protect children from the devastating consequences of lead poisoning.

Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust are the most hazardous sources of lead for U.S. children. The older your home is, the more likely it is to contain lead. Lead can be found in paint, soil, dust, and water lines, and young children are at the greatest risk of health problems related to lead exposure, including serious brain and kidney damage. Even small amounts of lead can affect children’s behavior, growth, and learning.