The New York City Council passed a series of bills Thursday amending administrative codes to tackle persistent lead paint problems apartment buildings.
The vote comes just a day after the Adams administration said it has settled thousands of violations with four landlords in an effort to rid apartments of lead exposure to young people.
The measures passed Thursday would create a process for landlords to correct lead-based paint violations; require lead-based paint abatement in all units where a child under the age of six resides by mid-2027; and require inspections for some buildings that may pose a risk of lead exposure to children.
The landlord group Community Housing Improvement Program said the legislation will primarily affect more than 10,000 rent-stabilized buildings constructed before 1960. It warned of unintended consequences.
“Removing lead-paint hazards from buildings is vitally important to the long-term sustainability of affordable housing in New York City,” said Jay Martin, executive director of CHIP. “How we go about accomplishing this goal matters. Increasing mandates and fines without fully considering the impact of these actions can cause more harm than good.”
The Rent Stabilization Association, which also represents rent-stabilized building owners, is especially concerned with Intro 6, which mandates abatements while tenants are still occupying a unit.
“It’s not really done anyplace because it actually can create more hazards than remedies,” the group’s Frank Ricci said. “There is a kind of opt-out: If a tenant refuses to leave the apartment, then the owner is off the hook.”
That bill and one other passed 35 to 7. The other three passed unanimously.
The bills also require property owners to produce records for the previous year, including X-ray fluorescence analysis after Aug. 1, 2025, whenever a violation for lead-based paint hazards is issued by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.