NJAA Testified Before Assembly Housing Committee on the Multifamily Industry's Successes in Providing Lead-Safe and Lead-Free Housing
June 2, 2016
NJAA provided testimony before the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on the multifamily apartment industry's efforts to provide lead-safe and lead-free housing to New Jersey's apartment residents. NJAA's testimony focused on the pre-existing federal and state regulatory framework aimed to address lead-based paint, and the multifamily industry's efforts to either remove lead-based paint where feasible, and to safely manage it where removal is unfeasible, by following lead-safe work practices. As a result of the industry's efforts, very few cases of lead-poisoning in children is ever sourced to professionally managed rental housing.
The testimony was provided as the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee held a hearing to discuss, but not advance, three measures that would impose new mandates on owners upon the sale or lease of housing. A-3585, sponsored by Assemblywoman Muoio, would require municipalities to inspect every single-family and two-family rental dwelling located within the municipality for lead-based paint hazards at least once every five years, except municipalities would inspect single-family and two-family rental dwellings on which encapsulation has been performed to remediate lead-based paint hazards at least once every two years. A-3611, also sponsored by Assemblywoman Muoio, would require municipalities to inspect every single-family, two-family, and multiple rental dwelling located within the municipality for lead-based paint hazards at tenant turnover. Finally, A-3706, sponsored by Assemblyman Conaway, would require apartment owners to hire a lead evaluation contractor to inspect each dwelling for lead hazards before a tenant moves into the dwelling or, for existing residents, within 30 days following the enactment of the bill.
NJAA is opposed to A-3611 and A-3706 and we continue to work with the sponsors to present our concerns and to identify potential solutions that better align with the already comprehensive set of federal and state regulations governing lead-based paint.