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Ensuring Heating, Plumbing and Lead-Free Living: How to Navigate Legal and Health Risks in Rental Properties

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 26, 2024
Improved Rental Health

The legal concept of “habitability” in rental properties may seem like common sense, but neglect in any of the required areas can cause legal liability for owners and landlords, pose challenges for property managers, and lead to serious health problems for tenants. Monica Gilroy, a real estate lawyer and founding principal of The Gilroy Firm in Atlanta, emphasizes the importance of maintaining heating and plumbing systems, ensuring clean running water, and a sound structure that doesn’t pose unreasonable safety risks.

Gilroy recently spoke with property managers about reducing risks associated with lead-based paint and mold. In July 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed an update to its rule requiring property managers to hire a certified professional to deal with repair, renovation and remediation involving lead-based paint. If implemented, the proposed rule could require property managers be certified to deal with lead-based paint repair and remediation. A public comment period ended in late 2023, and the agency was expected to release a final decision in Q1 2024.

“The reality of that decision means that to be safe, potentially if [they’re] doing any renovation or repair work on their properties, property managers should be certified,” Gilroy says. Adding that a property management firm could appoint one person to become certified for such tasks.

If tenants claim there’s mold in their unit or in the building, Gilroy advises investigating the situation promptly. Property managers should create written procedures and a checklist in response to any reports of mold. Develop instructions for tenants that outline what they should do whenever they believe they have encountered mold. It is crucial for property managers to act quickly on these issues as it can prevent serious health problems for tenants and also protect them from legal liabilities.

By Samantha Nguyen

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