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 one of the following steps to maintain compliance:

Lead Free Inspection

Clearance Test

The Lead Free report, issued after a property passes the lead free inspection, indicates that the property meets the lead free standard. 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. 

 

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