WE NEED YOUR ACTION NOW ON CITY COUNCIL’S NEW LEAD TESTING BILL!
Philadelphia City Councilmembers are scheduled to vote this Thursday, September 26 at 10:00 am in Council Chambers on a bill that mandates every rental property in the city built before 1978 be inspected and certified lead-free or lead-safe, whether children live there or not.
HAPCO wants all young children to be safe, including those living in owner-occupied properties, which account for 52% of city residential housing. The city council bill means $260 million in costs for rental property owners, making it too expensive to provide affordable rental housing. Those costs would have to be passed on to tenants in the form of higher rent.
PLEASE ATTEND THE 10:00 AM HEARING THIS THURSDAY! TELL COUNCIL TO CHANGE THE BILL TO KEEP ALL KIDS SAFE!
- Lead testing should also cover owner-occupied homes
- Allow more time for the city to explore new technology to find properties with children who have not been tested
- Allow rental property owners to pay a nominal fee into a city fund for lead testing and remediation
- Delay final passage of the bill until HAPCO has all data to make sure all kids are safe.