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New York housing laws change frequently. We have direct access to information and are able to keep our clients abreast with what they are required to do in order to keep their properties compliant and safe from lead paint – and to avoid fines.

Owner Responsibilities for Lead Testing

Property owners are responsible for keeping tenants safe from lead-based paint. While lead-based paint was banned in New York City residential buildings in 1978, older buildings may still contain it.

Everytime an apartment becomes vacant, it’s the owner’s responsibility to check for lead. New Local Law 31 of 2020 requires all apartments be tested by 2025, however, if a child under the age of six resides within the unit, testing must be done by August 2021.

Local Law 1, which was first implemented in 2004, requires landlords to identify and safely address lead paint hazards in apartments where a young child resides. Hazards include peeling paint, dust from paint, or friction and impact surfaces such as windows and doors.


Lead paint hazards are presumed to be present in buildings that were built before 1978, have three apartments or more, or have units occupied by a child under the age of six. These units must be inspected for lead within the next 5 years or sooner depending on the occupants.

Everytime an apartment becomes vacant it must be inspected for lead.

More information can be found here


Building owners must use safe work practices and trained professionals to remediate any lead paint hazards, and to do any repair work that removes or disturbs lead paint.

Safe work practices must be used when doing work in areas of more than two square feet or 10% of an entire area, or buildings constructed before 1978.

We can help to ensure you use safe work practices. More information can be found here


It’s the owners responsibility to inspect their properties and keep them up to code. Commonly, it will be a tenant that files a complaint with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. If not repaired, the city can fine owners large sums.

We’ll help you navigate the process to avoid fines and ensure that your properties are compliant.