Lead poisoning is serious—especially for children—and many homes built before 1978 have lead paint.
What can I do to keep my family safe from lead paint?
- Keep your children away from peeling paint, chipping paint or paint dust.
- Get your children tested for lead. Ask your child’s doctor to test for lead. Any elevated lead level is cause for concern and action.
- Do a home lead test. Many hardware stores sell home lead test kits for around $10. Make sure the test is EPA-approved.
- Ask your landlord to certify that the property is lead-safe or lead-free.
Is my landlord required to certify that the property is lead-safe or lead-free?
- You rent a property built before 1978
- You have a child age 6 or under
- You signed your lease after December 2012
- And you do not receive a rental subsidy like a Section 8 voucher
- Your landlord must hire a qualified contractor to complete a lead test
- Your landlord must get a certificate that the property is lead-safe or lead-free
- Your landlord must give a copy to you and the Department of Public Health
For a copy of the Lead Certification law, click here.
For more information from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health about the Lead Certification law, click here.
I did not receive a lead-safe or lead-free certificate. What can I do?
- Call the Department of Public Health at 215-685-2788 and ask if there is a Lead-Safe or Lead-Free Certificate on file.
- Request a Certificate. You may send a letter requesting that your give you a lead-safe or lead-free certificate. (Download sample)
- Withhold rent. You may withhold rent until your landlord gives you a lead-safe or lead-free certificate.
- Send rent withholding letter to landlord. (Download sample)
- Escrow your rent. Open a bank account to deposit your rent or keep the rent in a money order.
- Contact your representative in City Council or State Government. Find your rep at 1-855-738-3689 or go to guide.seventy.org.
- Contact Tenant Union Representative Network (TURN). Call 215-940-3900 or go to 100 S Broad St, 8th Floor to learn more about your rights and organizing tenants in your building.
I heard there could be lead in the water. What can I do?
Call the Philadelphia Water Department 215-685-6300 to schedule a free lead test appointment.