On July 22, 2021, Governor Murphy signed legislation known as the Lead-Safe Certification Act. The bill, which regulations are mandated and administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs takes effect on July 22, 2022 for all rental properties built before 1978.
The law requires a primary prevention inspection process for rental properties built before 1978 and requires landlords to have a current Lead Safe Certificate at rental tenant turnover.
Every single family, two family & multi-family rental dwelling will be (initially) inspected for lead based paint hazards at rental turnover, or, if there is no rental turnover, they must be inspected within two (2) years of the effective date of the bill; no later than July 22, 2024.
After initial inspection, rental properties to be inspected every three (3) years, or upon subsequent rental turnover, whichever is earlier.
Please note that the City of Asbury Park will not issue any Certificates of Occupancy for Rental Compliance or Transfer of Title Certificates (for rentals only) without a Lead Safe Certificate after October 1, 2022. Property owners that have their last two 5-year cyclical Certificate of Registration with no paint violations may submit these in lieu of a Lead Safe Certificate.
If a municipal inspector finds a paint violation that may represent a lead hazard, the property owner will be referred to the Community Affairs Resource Center (CARC) (www.carcnj.org), a lead hazard remediation non-profit that Asbury Park has partnered with since 2018. There are funds to remediate lead hazards. The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has designated the CARC as their agent for Monmouth County in conducting lead hazard assessments and remediation. Although many property owners may not qualify for remediation funds, the CARC can apply on behalf of low-to-moderate income tenants to assist in funding remediation of lead hazards. Contact the CARC at 732-774-3282 to learn more information.
If you have any questions regarding compliance with Lead Safe Certification compliance, please contact the Department of Community Development at 732-502-5741.