As of March 2021, the City of Cleveland is requiring all residential property owners of houses and apartments built prior to 1978 to obtain a LEAD-SAFE CERTIFICATE. This certificate is proof that the representative unit has been visually inspected and has undergone dust wipe sampling based upon a procedure known as a FINAL CLEARANCE ASSESSMENT. The end result is to prove and document that the residence does not contain lead hazards. The property does not have to be “lead-free”. The FINAL CLEARANCE ASSESSMENT procedure has two steps that must be accomplished:
- Visual inspection to document that all painted surfaces (inside and outside) located throughout the building are in good condition (intact) and not deteriorated (chipping, cracking or peeling).
- Dust wipe sampling and laboratory analysis to document that the floors, window sills and window wells do not contain lead dust that is at a level that is a hazard as defined by the State of Ohio. (Floors: <10 ug/ft2, Windowsills: <100 ug/ft2, Window wells: <100 ug/ft2)