Improved Rental Health

Rental property owners and landlords in every state are required to provide basic maintenance services on heating, plumbing systems, clean running water and a sound structure that does not pose unreasonable safety risks. The legal concept of “habitability” may seem like common sense, but neglect in any of these areas can cause legal liability for owners and landlords, challenges for property managers, and serious health problems for tenants. Monica Gilroy, a real estate lawyer and founding principal of The Gilroy Firm in Atlanta, 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 about the change 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, property managers should be certified,” Gilroy says. She adds that a property management firm could appoint one person to become certified.

Gilroy advises tenants who claim there’s mold in their unit or building should investigate the situation promptly by creating written procedures and checklists in response to reports of mold. They should develop instructions for tenants that outline what they should do whenever they believe they have encountered mold. It is important for property managers and landlords take this seriously as legal liabilities can arise from neglecting these requirements.

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