Lead Abatement


New York City Local Law 1 of 2004 requires additional certifications and documentation from
landlords for correction and dismissal of lead-based paint violations. Owners must follow and retain
evidence that safe work practices were used for all repair work in a dwelling unit or building common
area where a child under the age of 6 resides when more than 2 square feet of lead-based paint or
paint of an unknown lead content is disturbed.

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HPD Lead Paint Requirements Upon Turnover of an Apartment

When a dwelling unit changes tenants, owners are required under Local Law 1 to complete certain lead-based paint activities focused on making the unit safe for a new tenant and before the new tenant takes occupancy (regardless of whether the new tenant has a child at the time of initial occupancy). This is referred to as “turnover.”


Owners must:

  • Provide for the removal of all lead-based paint on friction surfaces on all doors and door frames
  • Remediate all lead-based paint hazards and any such underlying defects
  • Provide for the removal of lead-based paint on chewable surfaces with evidence of teeth marks
  • Provide for the removal of all lead-based paint on frictions surfaces on all windows
  • Make all bare floors, window sills, and window wells in the dwelling unit smooth and cleanable

Turnover Violations

During a lead-based paint inspection where a child under 6 resides, HPD will also issue violations for a property owner’s failure to conduct turnover work if there are lead-based paint hazard violations issued for door and window friction surfaces. These violations require owners to comply with Turnover requirements, which would have required abatement of these surfaces, and certify correction.

Generally, the owner must provide evidence that all window and door friction surfaces are free of lead-based paint.

Audit Violations

Violations are also issued if a property owner fails to provide records requested by HPD (audit letters). These violations may be order #’s 614, 618, 619, 620, 621, 622 or 623. If an owner receives one of these violations, the owner will only be able to comply by providing the required documents that are enumerated in the specific violation received.