Landlords Oppose Lead-Poisoning Bill, Say It Won't Protect Kids

By Randy LoBasso
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“Think about if they went after everyone [with this legislation],” says Krigman, “including private homeowners. There’d be too much of a political revolt to make it happen … Landlords are just the low-hanging fruit.”

If you suspect lead exposure in your home, call the Department of Public Health’s ”Get The Lead Out” hotline at 215.685.2797 or visit phila.gov/health/childhoodlead

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1. Troubled said... on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:51PM

“I hope this bill is not passed. It should apply to every infrastructure in Philadelphia or none at all. Isn't this DISCRIMINATION to target rental property owners only? Answer that, Tasco & Blondell...”

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2. Linda said... on Dec 7, 2011 at 08:58PM

“Let me get this straight.

The statistics show that only 55% of the 1,100 children with lead poisoning lived in rental housing. So 45% DID NOT LIVE IN RENTAL HOUSING?? Given these facts, WHY does the bill only focus on rental housing?

Either this bill should apply to ALL BUILDINGS in Philadelphia--and not just owner-occupied homes, but also every school and city-owned building in which children and their parents may spend many hours each day--or it should simply not be passed. It makes no sense to go for an "easy target" and leave 45% of children exposed and vulnerable.

Remember, nothing ever proved that the rental housing itself was the cause of the lead poisoning for those 55% of the children. It's just an association. Being a poor minority or an immigrant doesn't "cause" lead poisoning either, although there is a strong association.

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3. Get the Lead Out said... on Dec 8, 2011 at 03:54PM

“Landlords have a responsibility to provide safe housing to their tenants, but tenants currently have very little clout or insight in the rental process. Lead poisoning is preventable, but has to prevented before the brain damage occurs. In Philadelphia, where so much of the rental housing stock has lead paint, it seems reasonable to make sure that the property is properly maintained.
When you buy a home lead inspection can, and should be, a part of the pre-purchase home inspection. In this case, the home buyer bears the responsibility.
Agree that governmental housing shouldn't be exempted.”

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4. enough is enough said... on Dec 9, 2011 at 09:11PM

“Sometimes I wonder why I do business in Phila. The people that play by the rules like me (business privilege tax, landlord permit and yearly inspections) constantly get nickle and dimed by the city. My taxes went up three years in a row b/c the city knows I and people like me will pay. Yet there are people living in their homes in Philly that haven't paid taxes in 20 years. What's the deal city council? Also, if the city wants to save money then why don't they reduce the size of city council? What a joke.”

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