Posted almost 8 years ago Attention PROPERTY OWNERS!! It Is Here!….Philadelphia Property Owners Are Now Required to have 10-Year Life Smoke Detectors and Mandatory Lead Paint Inspections Several new regulations have become, or will soon become, effective for rental properties in the city of Philadelphia. These two new regulations include mandatory 10-year sealed battery smoke detectors and mandatory testing for lead paint for any property pre-1978 that is being rented to person with a child under the age of six. 10-Year Sealed Battery Smoke Detectors – It is now required to have these new lithium battery smoke detectors with sealed 10-year life batteries in every level and every bedroom of any rental property in the city of Philadelphia. The city also recommends that as they are installed, a photo of each new smoke detector be taken and stored as proof they were installed. They are also recommending that landlords get written acknowledgement from tenants that the new smoke detectors have been installed. Del Val will be going to each and every property we manage in Philadelphia to change out the old non-compliant smoke sectors and installing the new 10-year life batteries as well as photograph each new one and, where possible, getting the tenant to sign an acknowledgement that the new compliant smoke detectors have been installed. Lead Paint Testing - Beginning December 21, 2012, Philadelphia landlords must provide to every new tenant who have children 6 years or under who will be residing in a property built before 1978, a Lead Safe or Lead Free Certificate completed by a EPA certified lead dust sampling technician before the tenant enters into a lease. After the tenant signs receipt of the Certification, the landlord must mail a signed copy along with a copy of the dust wipe test results to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. There are two required tests including a visual certification and dust wipe certification. Visual clearance – A EPA certified Lead Dust Sampling Technician visually inspects the property to determine that there is no evidence of deteriorated paint, paint dust or paint chips. Dust wipe clearance - Dust wipe clearance means that after visually inspecting the property an EPA certified lead dust sampling technician has taken dust wipe samples, which are analyzed by a certified lab and show that the area tested is free from hazardous lead paint dust. Del Val has personnel that are EPA certified lead dust sampling technicians and will be performing these required tests going forward. Please feel free to call us if you would like to talk Through any of these issues. To get monthly updates subscribe to our Monthly News Letter at http://www.delvalproperty.com/m/22000/22549/files/DelValNewsletter-December2012.pdf Del Val Realty & Property Management is a FULL service residential property management company serving Philadelphia, PA and the western suburbs. We offer real estate investors and property owners a vehicle to build wealth and financial security through hassle-free ownership of rental real estate with our "Total Property Management Program." This proven management system allows property owners to enjoy the financial benefits of cash flow, tax savings, and wealth creation while it GUARANTEES you will never receive a late night emergency call, deal with a lengthy eviction proceeding or ever have to interact with an irate tenant. For a FREE estimate or a copy of our brochure please go to Del Val Realty & Property Management. Also do not forget to ask about our “Better Than 100% Money Back Guarantee”orourLoyalty Program that will save you money each and every year. Please like us on Facebook,Twitter or Yelpand updated listing information.?