How to hike the rent: Lead paint legislation is a bad idea
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Proposed legislation regarding lead paint in housing rental units has the term “unintended consequences” written all over it.
The stated intent is to have landlords provide temporary housing to tenants while mitigation of lead paint is completed in their apartment or home rental. But in a time when the scarcity of any rental units is a clear and present concern, this proposal is going to further drive up rental costs and further dissuade landlords from renting to families with young children.
State law already requires lead testing for young children unless parents opt out. A reading higher than the standard (which is strict and about to get stricter) triggers a requirement that the state work with a landlord to immediately cover up lead-paint surfaces while a permanent remediation plan is executed.