Metropolis of Toledo | Lead Security Compliance Rental Registration Deadline…

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Toledo’s Residential Property Compliance and Lead Safety Act requires rental properties to be registered with the Lucas County Auditor Office by Wednesday June 30th, Department of Neighborhoods director Rosalyn Clemens reminded the public during a press conference today

“Tenant owners must register with the district auditor before Wednesday,” said Clemens. “We made this process very easy. It can be completed online on the Auditor’s website. “

The Lead Safe Act requires rental properties of four or fewer units built before 1978 and family childcare homes built before 1978 to receive lead safe certificates. The law has a five-year compliance schedule, with the first and most vulnerable properties required to be certified by June 30, 2022, and all of them achieving regulatory compliance by December 31, 2026. For information on the registration process and Toledo’s guidance – safe law, see toledoleadsafe.com/forowners.

“While every zip code of Toledo is considered to be a high risk of lead poisoning, the highest risk is in our majority minority and high rental neighborhoods, where property values ​​tend to be lower and delayed maintenance – paint chipping and peeling – is also more likely” said Mrs. Clemens.

“Since Toledo passed the Rental Register and Lead Safe Regulations in October 2020, more than 3,000 new properties in the city have registered with the Court of Auditors – a 32 percent increase in less than a year,” said Stephanie Beebe, lead City Safe Coordinator in the Toledo Department of Neighborhoods. “We continue to provide resources to property owners, including our Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Grant, which provides lead reduction to both owner-occupiers and tenants. We also have an Early Bird Match Grant that offers a 50 percent match of up to $ 5,000 per unit for a rental company’s cost to be certified lead safe under regulation. Whether just your inspection or a completely new exterior paint job. “

The Early Bird Matching Grant offers owners an incentive to comply with the five-year introductory phase of the law early to improve the health and well-being of tenants and avoid fines. The grant is funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Development Block Grant. Further information on the scholarship and application can be found at ToledoLeadSafe.com/match.

Jeff Savage, a rental home owner in Toledo, accompanied Ms. Clemens and Ms. Beebe during the press conference. All of his rental properties registered easily, which took about a minute per unit, he said.

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