While the Housing Authority has always done a visual inspection of paint surfaces in Section 8 units, there is a new regulation that went into effect in Pennsylvania on March 15, 2001. When the Housing Authority inspector goes to inspect a unit, there should be no chipping or peeling paint on any surfaces in the unit. If the family that lives in the unit or is proposing to move into the unit has any children under six and the unit was built prior to January 1, 1978, any deteriorated paint surfaces will require testing for the presence of lead. The Housing Authority will assist in the cost of the initial clearance testing, but the owner of the unit will be required to pay for any repairs or any subsequent testing. All owners should visually inspect their units and correct any chipping or peeling paint prior to the inspection that is scheduled by the Housing Authority.

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Lead Based Paint Issues