Addressing Lead

Rental property owners are required to obtain a Certificate of Compliance prior to occupying the property with a tenant. A Certificate of Compliance requires that a property has been inspected to identify lead-based paint (and a Lead Risk Assessment was conducted).  This shows that the property has been cleared of any lead hazards to help ensure the safety of the occupant. A 

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must be completed by a state-certified lead professional and submitted to the BSEED Property Maintenance Division via email or in-person to demonstrate that any lead hazards have been addressed.

Lead Ordinance Requirements:

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    Any person performing lead hazard mitigation or abatement in the State of Michigan must be certified by the State of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services. For a list of certified lead professionals and contractors, visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website and to verify the contractor’s license or registration, visit the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) website

    Lead Inspection Quick Tips:

    1. Don’t wait to schedule your inspection with a certified lead professional. It can take up to 6-8 weeks to receive a Lead Clearance Report which is required for your Certificate of Compliance. If your property was inspected for lead hazards, and you mitigated using Interim Controls* rather than fully abated the hazards, contact a state-certified lead inspection professional to schedule lead risk inspection. If you mitigate any found lead hazards using Interim Controls*, a lead risk inspection is required annually. If you fully abate the lead hazard, a lead risk inspection is required every three years.
    2. Verify that the individual or company inspecting for lead hazards is certified by the State of Michigan. You can confirm this with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) website or by calling (517) 335-9390.
    3. Email BSEED that you have scheduled an inspection with a certified lead professional and are in the process of obtaining your Lead Clearance Report as soon as you’ve scheduled that inspection. This lets the department know you are working toward compliance.
    4. Submit your Lead Clearance Report to BSEED as a part of your application process for a Certificate of Compliance.

    * Methods used to reduce or control lead hazards.

    Lead Abatement Subsidies to Remove Lead Hazards:

    In order to help keep children safe from lead hazards in the home, the City’s Housing and Revitalization Department is providing grant support to homeowners and rental property owners, to help pay for the removal of lead hazards, and make other property repairs that can impact the safety of occupants. Grants of up to $25,000 may be available to property owners who have children age 6 or younger living in the property. To learn more about the program and determine whether or not your property is eligible, contact the Housing and Revitalization Department:

    Housing and Revitalization

    Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Avenue - Suite 908 Detroit, MI 48226
    8:30 am – 4:30 pm, weekdays



    To learn more about the risks of lead, visit the Environmental Protection Agency