Landlord groups say lead poisoning laws will hurt affordable housing

Groups arguing they would drive up costs

TRD New York /
Sep.September 28, 2018 11:45 AM

New York City Housing Authority’s Harborview Terrace at 520 West 56th Street (Credit: Wikipedia)

Proposed laws meant to reduce lead poisoning in children are facing resistance from landlord groups like the Rent Stabilization Association.

City Hall announced on Thursday that it supports multiple bills that would tighten landlord regulations to solve the lead poisoning problem, according to Crain’s. About 4,200 children younger than six were found with high lead levels in their blood last year.

A set of laws in 2004 helped to lower lead exposure among children by 90 percent, Crain’s said, but the new package would aim to put a complete end to lead poisoning. The de Blasio administration is working to reach the 20 percent of children who do not get tested for lead by age three and backs several major bills in the council’s package, including one that lowers the amount of lead in blood that would require intervention from the city.

However, measures such as setting a lower bar for what constitutes a lead paint hazard and eventually making landlords completely remove lead paint do not have as strong support from City Hall.

Landlord groups maintain the proposals are too big of a jump from current standards, claiming they would increase costs and put affordable housing at risk.

The city also voiced support for placing a closer eye on construction in older buildings that could kick up lead dust, but the acting commissioner of the city’s Department of Health and Hygiene said officials wanted to further discuss the details with lawmakers.

Under its 2004 laws, the city has never sued a landlord for not inspecting an apartment for lead, according to a report by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. City officials recently said that 1,160 children in public housing were exposed to dangerous lead levels since 2012. [Crain’s] – Eddie Small

Related Articles

Blackstone CEO Steven Schwartzman and Stuyvesant Town (Credit: Getty Images)

After authorities vowed review of Stuy Town deal, Blackstone changes course on vacancies

Real Capital Analytics data showed that New York’s multifamily market had a very slow July. (Credit: iStock)

New NYC rent law “beginning to shut down investment”

Some landlords say they plan to close the door to vacant apartments and wait for the laws to change (Credit: iStock)

Creative ways NYC landlords are getting around the new rent rules

Jay Martin, James Whelan and Joe Strasburg

Rent-pocalypse 2.0: Real estate industry reacts to tenant demands

Brokerage firms are strategizing ways to make up losses after the cost of application fees was capped at $20. (Credit: iStock)

Brokerages on rental application fee cap: “It hurts”

Alex Rodriguez (Photos by Guerin Blask)

A-Rod is coming for NYC and SoFla real estate

There will be 70 agents based at the new office (Credit: iStock)

Compass opens Long Island City office as new-development sales surge

Cases to challenge tenant residency have declined since June (Credit: iStock)

More rent-law fallout: Landlords back off “absentee” tenants