A new Lead Safe Ordinance, passed by the Cleveland City Council in 2019, requires the city’s rental property owners to obtain a lead-safe certification. The rollout of this ordinance began by geographic area last March and will continue through December of 2022. By January of 2023, all rental property owners in Cleveland need to be in compliance with the new rules. In order for you to help your clients effectively, we have compiled answers to some frequently asked questions with links to additional information.

What does this mean for me as a Realtor®? It is important to let clients interested in owning rental property in Cleveland to be aware of this ordinance.

What rental properties are affected? Cleveland rental property owners with units built before 1978 must obtain a Lead Safe Certification.

What does the rollout look like? There is a quarterly schedule, according to the zip code, listing by when a property owner is required to obtain their Lead Safe Certification.
The map on the City of Cleveland website outlines when properties are due for certification.

What are the requirements for certification? In order to receive the Certification, the unit must be lead safe – lead hazards must be remediated within the home.
Learn how your investment/owner clients can get certified.

That sounds expensive. Is there financial assistance available? Yes.
Learn how your investment/owner clients can get financial help.

If my client has more questions, where can they get answers? For questions regarding the process of obtaining your Lead Safe Certificate, contact the City:
Phone: 216.664.2274
Email: LeadCertCLE@Clevelandohio.gov

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