Shub Law is investigating claims that Philadelphia Management Company (“PMC”) may be shirking City Lead Certification laws in some of their buildings. This unlawful behavior puts certain tenants’ and their children’s health at risk, and PMC should be held accountable for failing to manage their properties adequately.
WHAT IS THE LEAD CERTIFICATION LAW?
In Philadelphia, PA, since 2012 a lead certification law has required all landlords who manage properties in the City to test and certify their rental properties as lead-safe or lead-free if a child age 6 or under is residing in the property. The City cited intense concern for the children who live there, finding in 1993 that 45% of Philadelphia children screened for lead poisoning had “levels of concern” as determined by the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC.”) Many more children under the age of six may be poisoned, mainly by lead-based paint in older housing, and go undiagnosed. The City passed this ordinance, in part, to reduce and combat lead poisoning in Philadelphia Children. Starting on October 1, 2020, landlords are now required to execute the same lead certification tests for ANY of their leases in buildings constructed before or during 1978. To receive a new rental license, or to start or renew a lease, the landlord must have completed this certification.
HAS PMC VIOLATED THIS LAW?
PMC Property Group is a Philadelphia-based landlord with numerous properties in the city. Claims have arisen from tenants in PMC properties that lead certification tests were not performed in the past between 2012 and 2020, and that minor children under the age of 6, having lived in those properties, may or have in fact tested in a “level of concern” with regard to lead poisoning. The deleterious effects of lead poisoning on a growing child are well documented, but include permanent learning disabilities, reduced concentration and attentiveness, and behavior problems affecting the child’s success in school and in life. PMC’s failure to test for lead certification is not only in violation of City Ordinance, but can also put a child’s well-being at risk.
CONTACT US TODAY!
If you’re a Philadelphia resident living in a PMC Property Group residence constructed on or before 1978, and you believe PMC did not complete a lead certification test, contact us today! Shub Law has a history of fighting against big corporate bad actors on behalf of consumers and others they victimize, and we want to help you fight against this injustice. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 856-772-7200. Justice Takes Work. Results Take Grit.