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District of Columbia/Washington Regulations

Washington, D.C. requires all rental properties built before 1978 with a pregnant woman or child under the age of 6 living there must have one of two tests completed:

Every landlord needs to complete the following four steps to maintain compliance:
Lead Free Inspection
Clearance Test

The Lead Free certificate, issued after a completed lead free inspection, indicates that the property is free from lead-based paint on interior, exterior and common areas. Once this certificate is issued, no additional inspections are needed. 

The Clearance Test is a visual inspection looking for peeling, flaking or chipped paint on the exterior, interior and basement, as well as dust swipes to look for lead dust. This inspection must be repeated whenever a new tenant moves into the property. 

‚ÄčAll District of Columbia landlords also must have a copy of DDOE disclosure forms on file.