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"Lead Legislation" unanimously passed by Common Council

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 16:51:58-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Common Council has unanimously passed the Proactive Interior Inspections legislation, requiring proactive lead inspections of rental housing units.

The legislation amended five city ordinances dealing with housing inspections and the presence of lead paint.

The legislation aims to improve housing standards, allowing the Department of Inspections to proactively inspect rental units for lead-based paint, as well as update ordinances on rental unit registration.

This means rental units must be inspected before issuing a Certificate of Rental Compliance. A CRC must be obtained so that a landlord can legally rent a unit, and must be renewed every three years.

This would hold negligent landlords accountable for their properties and protect families and children in Buffalo from exposure to lead-based paint and the health issues that it can cause.