Lead Paint?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Micah Cohen, May 30, 2002.

  1. Micah Cohen

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    The Baltimore City kakistocracy is cracking down on homeowners any way it can (obviously wanting a piece of the pie in the now lucrative inner city regentrification going on), and the latest way is thru massive, punishing lead paint legislation and registration proceedures.

    I just got stung: A leasing realtor demanded that I prove my property's compliance with the law, causing me to naively get involved in a confusing bureaucratic mess of payoffs to city bureaus, registration fees, "state accredited" inspectors, expensive tests and more expensive repairs to things that were not broke to begin with. Tooling along, doing business in a quiet honest way with good tenants and beautiful, safe properties... and suddenly this new reg is like getting my foot caught in a meat grinder.

    Meanwhile, reports on the EPA's and Baltimore City websites make clear that "lead paint poisoning" is really a non-issue. More people die of lightning strike in Baltimore City than die of anything resembling the non-symtoms attributed to lead poisoning, and the "effects of lead poisoning" could easily be caused by anything else, including "bad parenting"! But The Law is The Law, I guess, especially when it allows the city to add an "extra tax," in effect a "lead paint threat tax" to the city rolls.

    Does anyone else living or owning property in an older section of a city deal with this lead paint thing? What can you do (besides complete renovations or board the prop up and sell out -- which maybe explains why there are so many boarded up props in Baltimore City, go figure)? Who do I write complaint letters to? How do I get on the other end of the stick and change this nonsense? Who took MY vote on this issue?

    Sorry for the rant.

    MC
     
  2. Scott Van Dyke

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    fine just I'm and paint lead of chips on snack frequently I!
     
  3. Justin Doring

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    Don't you just love governments and bureaucracies both big and small? [​IMG]
    Lead paint poisoning is a myth. Unless you're eating paint chips and drinking paint for decades, it will have no effect.
     
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    Lead Paint is really only a problem when you have children in a house which hasnt been taken care of. The paint is peeling/chipping and kids put anything in their mouths including the lead paint. That being said it seems that people should fight that law if they are forcing you to do it and get a law enacted that states if you are forcing me as an owner to run/pay for the tests only through your agencies then if I pass YOU the state pay for the tests. Would make a quick end to them calling randomly and asking for you to pay for everything.
    Similiar law that pisses people off is when cities, states come in and offer you about dick for your property because they want to put something there which will make them money. If you dont take dick they give it to you. [​IMG]
    Oregon just passed a law if I am not mistaken that protects land owners from exactly that. Now the govt has to compensate land owners for their property via fair market value and cant condemn your property unless its taken to court.
    Bureaucracies can often be a BIG pain in the arse. [​IMG]
    Kyle
     
  5. Micah Cohen

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    What a day of dealing with this nonsense.
    The way I'm figuring to deal with this added tax, is to, unfortunately, pass the expense along to my sellers and leasees -- raise my rents, get my tenants to foot the certification bill before moving in, and demanding certification from a seller BEFORE a sale closes.
    It's like, free market is one thing. This is out of control, and it's another example of people who don't work for it, making it.
    Any other homeowners dealing with this?
    As soon as I get through this, I'm making a personal appointment with my councilman. [​IMG]
    MC
     
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    I believe all the EPA requires for the legal clean-up of lead paint is simply to apply a coat of non-lead paint over it. No big deal.
     
  7. Keith Mickunas

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    Micah, is this a one time thing or are they asking for money everytime someone new moves in?

    I recall having to sign something when I bought a home in Missouri regarding that there could be a problem with lead paint in an older home, however there were no fees involved. There was a specific year in which they made lead paint illegal, so if your property is newer than that it shouldn't be a problem. Of course, they're most likely aware of that.

    Unless you're willing to get involved in a lengthy, costly legal battle, you're probably stuck with it, and that's what they're hoping for. Perhaps you can bring it up to the city council, though it probably won't go far unless you can get a lot of owners involved. The one thing politicians want more than a bigger budget is more votes.
     
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    Baltimore has to be one of the most corrupt cities I've lived in. In Portland a new renter or buyer has the option of testing the house (at their expense). If it fails, it's condemned until the paint is removed ($$$). Needless to say, few people get their future houses tested!

    Lead paint was a premium paint (smoother than oil based) and was expensive when it was legal. Typically only the nicer homes and buildings would use it (due to cost).
     
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