Beginning October 1, 2020, landlords will be required to test and certify rental properties as lead safe or lead free, regardless of a child’s age, in order to A) execute a new or renewed lease or B) receive or renew a rental license. Learn more about this regulation.
To test and certify that a rental property is lead safe or lead free, landlords should hire an approved/certified lead professional:
- EPA-approved lead dust wipe sampling technicians
- PA Department of Health-certified lead abatement contracting firms
Learn more about submitting lead certification and inspection reports.
Watch a series of videos that walks you through the process of lead certification.
Learn more about Philadelphia’s laws and regulations in the City’s Lead Guide.
|Philadelphia Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification Law PDF||The Philadelphia Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification Law requires owners of property built before 1978 and rented to children six years or younger to provide the tenant with certification prepared by a certified lead inspector stating that the property is either lead free or lead safe.||November 8, 2018|
|Frequently Asked Questions About Bill No. 180936-A PDF||Information about changes to Philadelphia's Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification Law that became effective in October 2020.||February 23, 2021|
|Landlord’s Guide to the Philadelphia Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification Law PDF||Comprehensive guidance including compliance requirements, answers to frequently asked questions, instructions for lead-safe and lead-free certification, and a recommended tenant's advisory notice.||February 23, 2021|
|Property Owner Statement of Exemption PDF||Form and instructions for property owners seeking exemption from the Philadelphia Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification Law.||February 23, 2021|
|Application for Lead Certification by Fax/Mail PDF||The lead safe certificate should be uploaded online: https://leadcertification.phila.gov/login. However, if you plan on mailing or faxing the documents, please fill out this sheet to accompany the. This application sheet is necessary for our staff to be able to enter the certificate into our system.||February 23, 2021|
|Renovate right (English) PDF||A pamphlet from the Environmental Protection Agency that contractors must provide to homeowners and tenants before starting work.||November 8, 2018|
|Renovate right (Español) PDF||A pamphlet from the Environmental Protection Agency that contractors must provide to homeowners and tenants before starting work.||November 8, 2018|