2B — December 22 - January 12, 2018 — Industry Leaders— ODM — M id A tlantic

Real Estate Journal


I ndustry L eaders The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Who is next? First, it was Flint, Michigan Now, it is the largest landlord in the country


f you are not already aware or up-to-date, you need to know the facts

Based Paint regulations, one of which is HUD’s Lead Safe Housing Rule (24 CFR Part 35), as do ALL housing provid- ers who receive federal HUD subsidy. Within this rule are numerous requirements, in- cluding annual Lead-Based Paint condition visual assess- ments, bi-annual Lead-Based Paint risk assessments, resi- dent notifications, Lead safe work practices training, etc. Unfortunately, not only did NYCHA ignore some of the requirements of the rule, the Executive Director and her staff lied about their compli-

ance efforts. The Executive Director was required to sign- off on the following compliance statement #17, “The PHA will comply with the Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act, the Residential Lead- Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, and 24 CFR Part 35“. This statement is all en- compassing, making very clear what landlords and property managers are required to do to be compliant. After signing off and stating that compliance was being done as required, it was discovered that NYCHA was NOT doing its annual

Lead-Based Paint Hazard Visual Assessments in all subsidized units. During this period of in- vestigation, HUD Washing- ton lowered the Blood-Lead Level of concern, known as the “Reference Value” to 5ug/ dl, also now, indirectly re- ferred to as Lead-Poisoned. So while HUD’s new regulatory modifications made the rules more stringent, the largest affordable-housing landlord in the country was busted for not protecting its residents be- cause it was not even meeting the regulations that federal

law already had in place. NYCHA’s non-compliance sends another national ripple and a heighted sense of aware- ness about the lack of Lead- Based Paint regulatory com- pliance nationally, especially within federally subsidized and older housing stock. First, it was Lead in water, and now it is Lead-Based Paint in hous- ing units. What is next? Fail- ure to comply with regulations to protect us from Lead in dust or soil where we build? As a nationally recognized Lead- Based Paint expert, I believe, if you own older property and you are not compliant, you will be at much greater risk to li- abilities that could have been avoided! Lead-Based Paint removal/abatement/safe work practices can be expensive, as can Lead-Poisoning litigation, but Lead-Based Paint hazard management DOES NOT HAVE TO BE difficult! Lee E Wasserman, is a 25 year Lead-based Paint sub- ject expert and president of LEW Corporation. n AICP Commission names Maser Con- sulting’s Lawlor President-Elect RED BANK, NJ — Debo- rah Alaimo Lawlor, FAICP, PP , was named President- Elect of the American Insti- tute of Certified Planners (AICP) , the professional insti- tute of the American Planning Association. AICP represents 16,500 certified planners and focuses on ethics, professional development and standards of practice. Lawlor will take office January 1, 2018. In this elected, volunteer position, Lawlor will serve one- year as president-elect before assuming the presidency for a two-year term, followed by a fi- nal year as past-president. She will be responsible for lead- ing the eight-member AICP Commission in governing the institute and is currently com- pleting her second four-year term as a Commissioner. At Maser Consulting P.A., Lawlor is the discipline leader of Planning Services. With more than 30 years of state, regional and private sector planning experience, she man- ages 12 planners representing more than 50 municipalities and a large private develop- ment clientele. n

about Lead r egu l a t o ry enforcement a n d L e a d p o i s o n i n g litigation be- cause Lead- Based Paint jury awards are on the rise again! As

Lee Wasserman

the largest affordable hous- ing provider in the country, NYCHA had an obligation to comply with several Lead-



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