Philadelphia To Become Largest City Requiring Lead Testing Of Rental Properties

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Philadelphia’s city council unanimously passed a bill requiring homes rented to families be tested for lead exposure.

If Mayor Jim Kenney signs the bill into law, Philadelphia will become the largest city in the U.S. to require landlords to test their properties for lead, according to WHYY. The bill was penned by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.

The bill requires landlords to test rental properties every four years if the property was built before 1978 and if the property is being rented to families with children 6 years or younger. Research shows that children that suffer from lead poisoning go on to experience developmental issues.

“At this moment, nine out of 10 council districts have a zip code where one out of 10 children are poisoned by lead,” said Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown. “We can and must do better.”

Landlords oppose the bill citing the high costs of testing as prohibitive on middle-income landlords. The original bill had required testing every two years but lobbying from landlords had led to the testing requirement being extended to every four years.

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