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Morris Township Announces Lead Inspection Requirements for Rental Properties

Attention Landlords: Compliance with New Jersey Lead Hazard Law Required

Over the past few weeks, Morris Township residents received a letter from the USPS regarding lead inspections. If you do not own a rental property, this letter does not pertain to you and can be disregarded. However, if you are a landlord, please familiarize yourself with the information below.

Key Information for Landlords

New Jersey P.L. 2021, Chapter 182 Compliance:

  • All rental dwellings built before 1978 must be inspected for lead hazards.
  • Inspections must be conducted every three years or upon tenant turnover.

Inspection Process:

  • Visual inspections of painted surfaces will be conducted by the Township of Morris or a certified lead evaluator contractor.
  • If lead hazards are found, the owner must remediate through abatement or interim control measures.

Scheduling an Inspection:

  • Call 973-326-7390 and speak to an inspector to schedule a lead inspection.


  • $150 per unit inspection cost
  • $25 certificate filing fee
  • $20 state fee to fund the "Lead Hazard Control Assistance Act"
  • Filing fee and state fee apply even if using your own contractor.

Inspection Details:

  • Township inspectors will check for cracked and peeling paint.
  • If no hazards are found, a lead-safe certificate valid for three years (or until tenant turnover) will be issued.
  • If hazards are present, remediation is required, followed by a reinspection.

Certificate of Habitability (COH):

  • A COH will not be issued without a completed lead inspection.


  • Dwellings certified to be free of lead-based paint
  • Dwellings built during or after 1978
  • Multiple dwellings registered with the DCA for at least 10 years without outstanding lead violations
  • Seasonal rental dwellings rented for less than six months

For more details, refer to the original letter or visit the Township of Morris website.

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