Landlords in the city of Detroit are up in arms, but people who care about children say "It's about time!"

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center

City of Detroit lead based paint ordinance

It's taken too many years but the city of Detroit finally said to landlords: "If you own a home or an apartment building in the city and you rent out the home or apartment it is your responsibility to make it lead free." 

Is it going to be expensive for landlords?  Yes.  Is this new ordinance going to cause rent to rise to compensate for the testing and removal of lead?  Probably.

I have a feeling though that parents of children who live in these homes and apartments within the city would gladly pay higher rent in order to protect their children.  I also have a feeling that many other cities will now follow suit and be drafting their own ordinances.  It's going to be an interesting year ahead watching all of this unfold within the city of Detroit and hopefully within other cities in Michigan.

It's about damned time.

The text of the Detroit News article regarding the passing of this ordinance can be found here.

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Charlie Ragonesi
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Lead was a problem when we lived in New York as well. Here in the mountains it is less of a problem . Which ironically makes it moe of a problem as peole are not aware of it

Oct 23, 2009 12:49 AM #1
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Margaret Woda
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In Maryland, our state lead laws are stricter than the federal ones.  I don't think you can do too much to protect tenants from the permanent effects of lead.  Way to go, Detroit!

Oct 23, 2009 12:51 AM #2
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Richard Iarossi
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Kris,

I guess the only question is, "what took so long?" Why would any lobby look to maintaining an unsafe environment.

As Margaret said, Maryland lead laws are very restrictive.

BTW, since your beloved Tigers will have to wait until next year, can I welcome you into the "Yankee" club?

Rich

Oct 23, 2009 01:35 AM #3
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We need to force the uncooperative landlords into compliance and reward the landlords that have complied voluntarily.

Oct 23, 2009 02:16 AM #4
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Kris, This is very interesting but I wonder if they have a way to follow up and make sure Landlords have complied?  Here we have many, many illegal rentals so I'm not sure how effective a law like that would be although I think it's a wonderful one.

Oct 23, 2009 08:49 AM #5
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Kris, This is very interesting but I wonder if they have a way to follow up and make sure Landlords have complied?  Here we have many, many illegal rentals so I'm not sure how effective a law like that would be although I think it's a wonderful one.

Oct 23, 2009 08:49 AM #6
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Kris Wales
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Hi everyone,  thanks so much for commenting.  I'm a bit surprised to read that this is mandatory in so many areas, and that state laws are stiffer than federal guidelines.  I wish it was the case here.  We're on the right track though, and I'm happy about that.

Oct 25, 2009 09:48 PM #8
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The Detroit regulation is a good start at getting landlords to be more responsible for maintenance. However, in my experience as a lead inspector, a lot of lead poisoning in children could have prevented from basic cleaning and housekeeping, which isn't being done by the tenants. For example, in one instance of lead poisoning, paint chips/dust was found mixed in with a child's filthy bedsheet. Whether or not the landlord was being responsible for paint damage, the parent may have been able to prevent the poisoning by just laundering the bedding occassionally.

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