Lead Paint Inspection

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We are accredited by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) (Accreditation Number # 100208) to perform Risk Reduction lead paint inspections. The Maryland Lead Risk Reduction in Housing Law requires lead paint inspections for rental units in structures built prior to 1978 and certain other situations. The MDE Lead Registration page and the MDE Landlord Standard of Care Document (PDF) have additional information about these requirements.
To view the history/status of lead inspections at a specific property, visit the Maryland Department of the Environment Lead Certification and Accreditation site.

Maryland's Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing law requires owners of rental properties built before 1978 to register their units with Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), distribute specific educational materials, and meet specific lead paint risk reduction standards at certain triggering events - Lead Property Rental Registry Search (state.md.us)

Maryland's Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing law requires owners of rental properties built before 1978 to register their units with Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), distribute specific educational materials, and meet specific lead paint risk reduction standards at certain triggering events - Lead Property Rental Registry Search (state.md.us)
Lead based paint can be harmful to young children, infants and fetuses. It can enter your body in multiple ways. Each family should therefore be aware of its danger and should take it seriously. Whether or not you decide to get your own lead-based inspector is up to you and may be very fact specific to your situation.

An inspection is a surface-by-surface investigation to determine whether there is lead-based paint in a home or child-occupied facility, and where it is located. Inspections can be legally performed only by certified inspectors or risk assessors. Lead-based paint inspections determine the presence of lead-based paint. Renters can ask their landlord to have the home inspected or to share results of recently conducted lead inspections.

Lead Rental Certification

1.Full Risk Reduction Inspections

  • Visual Inspection for deteriorated paint
  • Test for Lead contaminated dust

Standard Method to get the Lead based painting certification for a rental property.
P.S> The Full Risk reduction certificate that is issued will expire at tenant turnover. A new inspection must take place prior to the new tenants moving into the property.
A Full Risk Reduction inspection is generally conducted in a vacant unit prior to occupancy by a new tenant. An accredited inspection contractor may issue a certificate, which indicates that there is a reduced risk of lead exposure in a rental unit. The Full Risk Reduction standard is met by passing the test for lead-contaminated dust, provided that that any chipping peeling, or flaking paint has been removed or repainted on interior and exterior of the rental dwelling unit. After verifying paint condition meets the standard the accredited inspector must collect dust samples from each room in the unit. Each dust sample must be analyzed by a qualified laboratory, and the results must fall below specified levels. In general, testing for lead contaminated dust is most likely to be successful in a clean, well-maintained property.

2.Modified Risk Reduction Inspections
After the issue of a Notice of Defects or EBL of Person at Risk then a Lead hazards reduction treatment needs to be performed (within 30 days) by a LEAD supervisor and to complete a Supervisor's Statement of Works i.e., SSW. Then we will inspect the property in order to return to Full Risk Reduction Status.
A Modified Risk Reduction inspection is conducted in response to either (a) written notice from the tenant, or from any other source, of the presence of defects in the unit or (b) within 30 days of being notified a person at risk (pregnant woman or child under 6 years of age) has a blood lead level of 5 micrograms per deciliter or more and an Environmental Investigation has identified defects. The Modified Risk Reduction standard is met when the Owner provides for the temporary relocation of tenants to a lead-free dwelling unit or another dwelling unit that has met a risk reduction standard or by passing the test for lead contaminated dust and performing specific lead hazard reduction treatments. The lead hazard treatments must be performed and by an accredited contractor or supervisor

3.Limited Lead-free Inspections
For landlords who have previously obtained a limited lead-free certificate (the interior is lead-free, but the exterior is not), we are accredited and able to perform the required visual inspection of the exterior paint every two years to renew that certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a Lead Paint Inspection Certificate?

Laboratory results need 5 business days to analyze the dust samples from the lead paint testing / inspection. Additional fees must be added if there will be a faster return of Lab results.
If a room fails a dust swipe test, does the whole house need re-tested?

No, only the room (or the failed locations) need(s) to be properly cleaned and re-tested for an additional fee.
This information on this page changes on occasion. Please confirm with the Maryland Department of the Environment.


For more information on Rental Registration please visit the Rental Registration Page or call 410-537-4199 or toll free in Maryland 1-800-776-2706.
For more information on Compliance please visit the Lead Program's Rental Owner Page or call (410) 537-3825 or toll free in Maryland 1-800-633-6101, Ext. 3825