Maryland Department Of The Environment: Important News About Md Rental Properties Built Before 1978

FrontOn January 1, 2015, all residential rental properties built prior to 1978 must comply with Maryland’s Lead Risk Reduction in Housing Act. The law requires all rental property owners or managers to:

  1. Register rental dwelling units every year with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). The cost of registration is $30;
  2. Have lead paint inspections prior to changes in tenancy; and
  3. Distribute specific lead risk educational materials.

Who: This law effects owners and managers of rental properties constructed prior to 1978.


  • Protect your tenants and yourself from health risks. The change in Maryland’s lead law
    aims to reduce lead poisoning cases linked to homes built before 1978 and to help eliminate
    childhood lead poisoning in Maryland.
  • The use of lead paint was prohibited in 1978, however, reports in recent years have shown
    that a significant percentage of new childhood lead poisoning cases are linked to homes built
    from 1950-1978. This law previously applied to properties built before 1950.
  • Without certification and by not following approved practices, property owners and
    managers can face fines and potential lawsuits.

When: Register or renew your property now through January 1, 2015 at:

Have questions??? All questions can be directed to Maryland Department of the Environment ~

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