Inspections

Landlords: Maryland

There are two types of inspections that Maryland landlords can choose from when dealing with lead-based paint. AVETS Inc. will help you determine the best inspection type for your home or apartment by completing a brief survey of the property or by discussing the possibilities over the phone.

Lead Free Lead Paint Inspection

An inspection that uses an X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) device to determine if lead-based paint is present without destroying any materials or surfaces, is utilized. If the XRF produces a real-time result that does not detect any lead, then AVETS Inc. can immediately issue a Lead-Free report.

Full Risk Reduction Report

This is a two-part lead-safe inspection that is also known as a dust swipe inspection. A visual inspection is performed first, where the exterior and interior paint quality is surveyed for damage at the property. Then, a dust wipe sample is collected to ensure interior dust particles do not contain lead. After both inspections are complete, AVETS Inc. will issue a certificate. A new inspection is required prior to a new tenant moving in.

What to Expect

Our job is to inform and help you to understand the standard over phone and or on this website.

Our job is to (in person) verify that you have complied with the regulations. The standard is that you MAY NOT have ANY POOR PAINT condition in the interior or the exterior of your home. That just means that every painted area has to be completely covered with paint and that none of the paint may be loose. If you have any poor paint conditions then you know that the subject property will fail the visual portion of the inspection.

Our job is to verify that you brought your property into compliance before we arrived. It is an “open book test” that no one should ever fail. You control that. You also have some control over the next portion. Clean surfaces pass and dirty ones might not. We will take dust wipe samples (no damage to surfaces) from the surfaces of window sills, wells and floors. If they are all clean you can be confident there will be no failures.

After we take samples we take them, to the lab were the analysis takes place. The labs sends us the report. We interpret the results. If all the samples have less lead than is allowed, we issue the certificate. We send that to you by way of email and we notify MDE that your unit passed.

If the lab finds that more lead than is allowed in any sample, that finding informs us that that the room that the sample was taken from has a hazard.

We then notify you to have that room cleaned. After the room it is cleaned we will return (within 10 days). We only take a sample(s) from any room(s) that fail.

 When the property passes the inspection, a Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) tracking number is obtained by us from you. We will add that number to the certificate and then send that certificate to you.

Multi-Unit Buildings

Each region may have different regulations for multi-unit building lead inspections. Depending on pertinent regulations, AVETS Inc. may only be required to inspect a predetermined number of the total number of units. Once those units are determined to be free of lead-based paint, the whole building is regarded as lead-free and therefore eligible to be certified as a Lead Free property or building.

A Limited Lead-Free certificate can be issued for multi-unit buildings when the exterior surfaces, common areas as well as all interior areas are free of lead paint.

A Limited Lead-Free certificate is issued when only interior surfaces of a unit within a property are lead-free.

Landlords: Washington, D.C.

There are three types of inspections that Washington, D.C. landlords can choose from when dealing with the presence or the absence of lead-based paint. AVETS Inc. will help you to determine the best inspection type for a home or apartment by completing a brief survey of the property using an X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) device or by speaking with you over the phone.

Lead Free Lead Paint Inspection

An inspection that uses an X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) device to determine if lead-based paint is present without destroying any materials or surfaces. If the XRF produces a real-time result that does not detect any lead, then AVETS Inc. can immediately issue a Lead-Free report.

Clearance Sampling Inspection

This inspection is performed after a lead abatement treatment is performed to determine if lead-based paint or dust particles are still present at a property. Interior paint quality will be tested for any defective areas and a dust swipe sample will be collected.

Clearance Report

This is a two-part inspection that is also known as a dust swipe inspection or lead-safe inspection. A visual inspection is performed first, where the exterior and interior paint quality is surveyed at the property. Then, a dust wipe sample is collected to ensure interior dust particles do not contain lead. After both inspections are complete, AVETS Inc. may issue a Clearance Report, assuming no issues were identified.

This type of inspection is required for any property that was built before 1978 with occupants, especially tenants who are pregnant women or children under 6 years of age.

What to Expect

You will receive an email from AVETS Inc. detailing everything that needs to be done to the property to comply with inspection regulations. Then, after the property passes inspection, a Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) tracking number is issued. A copy of this certificate will be sent by mail and by email.

If a follow-on inspection is required, AVETS Inc. will inspect the property after we are notified that the property is ready to pass.

Multi-Unit Buildings (11+ Units built after 1960 when HUD’s Standards apply) and (21 + Units built before 1960)

There may a local ordinance that adds a layer of regulations for multi-unit building lead inspections. AVETS Inc. may only inspect less than the total number of units at random. Once those units, the common area and the exterior are determined to be free of lead-based paint, the whole building will be regarded as lead-free. At that time a certificate will be issued for the property.

A Lead-Free certificate can be issued for multi-unit buildings when common areas interiors as well as the exterior are free of lead paint.

In Maryland (not the District of Columbia) A limited Lead-Free certificate may be is issued when only the interior surfaces of a unit within a property are lead-free.

Homeowners & Buyers

Scheduling a lead-based paint inspection for a home built before 1978 is a sound investment for an individual homeowner or a real estate investor looking to purchase property in Maryland or Washington, D.C.

Inspection Types

Homebuyers in Maryland and Washington, D.C. can select from two types of inspections:

  1. XRF Lead Inspection: An inspection that uses an X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) device to determine if lead-based paint is present without destroying any materials or surfaces. The inspection is brief since the XRF tool produces a real-time report seconds after scanning a surface. AVETS Inc. will follow-up with a digital report by email.

  2. Dust Wipe Inspection: An inspection where a dust sample is collected from inside the property to ensure interior dust particles do not contain lead. All samples are tested against current lead regulations set by the Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE).

Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP)

An inspection that is mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for any property built before 1978 where the presence of lead-based paint is much higher. To complete and pass current lead inspections, all renovations must be completed by an RRP-certified contractor where lead-safe work procedures are used. In most cases, an X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) device is used to determine if lead-based paint is present without destroying any materials or surfaces.

Risk Reduction

Reducing risk to health and safety when purchasing a property should be a top priority for homeowners. One way to ensure lead-based paint is not a hazard for occupants is to complete regular surveys of interior paint quality to ensure there is no paint chipping or evidence of dust that could be inhaled by tenants.

Baltimore City Rental Inspections

Effective January 1, 2019, all rental properties are required by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to retain a valid inspection license. All rental properties built before 1978 will also require a lead paint certificate before tenants can occupy the property.

What is Your Obligation?

A property owner should be registered with Baltimore City, have a home inspection, and submit the completed inspection checklist to the Baltimore City website.

Who Needs the Baltimore City Rental Property Inspection?

Any rental property in Baltimore City with occupants requires a rental property inspection within 10 days of a property transfer.

What Does the Baltimore City Rental Inspection Include?

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) website contains resources that detail various inspection criteria. To view the Baltimore City Rental License Inspection form, click here. To view the Baltimore City Rental Licensing Inspector Guidance, click here.

Who is Exempt?

Tenants who are qualified for the Section 8 program, do not require a private inspection contractor as a Section 8 Inspection Report will suffice.

For Multi-Family Properties

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) website contains resources that detail various Multi-Family inspection criteria. To view the Addendum for Common Areas in Multi-Family Dwellings, Rooming Houses, and Hotels checklist, click here.

Baltimore County Rental Inspections

Baltimore County landlords are required to obtain additional lead inspections for properties built before 1978 in addition to keeping rentals inspections and registrations current.

What is Your Obligation?

For multi-unit properties with 1-6 rental units, a landlord must complete the following:

  • Register your property with Baltimore County and obtain a license
  • Have a reoccurring inspection by a qualified inspector every 3 years. To view the Baltimore County Rental License and Inspection checklist, click here.
  • Obtain a Carbon Monoxide Alarm verification. To view the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Verification form, click here.

Apartment complexes with 6+ units will require additional inspections and city regulations.

What Does the Baltimore City Rental Inspection Include?

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) website contains resources that detail various inspection criteria. To view the Baltimore City Rental License Inspection form, click here. To view the Baltimore City Rental Licensing Inspector Guidance, click here.

Who is Exempt?

Click here, to view a list of Rental Registration Exemptions.

What Does the Baltimore County Rental Inspection Include?

  • A Baltimore County Rental License. To view the Baltimore County Rental License Inspection Sheet, click here.
  • A Carbon Monoxide Alarm verification. To view the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Verification form, click here.

Pricing

*could be higher based on size of house

LANDLORD/HOMEOWNER

Lead Free XRF Inspection

Base Cost for Dust Wipe Inspection

Per-Wipe Cost

Baltimore City/County Rental Inspection

Clearances

MARYLAND

Entire Home $250.00 (Includes 10 XRF Results) Plus Cost Of Samples (Please Call For More Info On Samples Cost) ​

$17.00 Per Dust Sample Taken
$20.00 Soil Sample (Rare Occurrence)
$50.00 Water Sample

$15.00 per sample

$150.00 plus $17.00 per sample lab fee

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OTHER AREAS (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Entire Home $250.00 (Includes 10 XRF Results) Plus Cost Of Samples (Please Call For More Info On Samples Cost) ​

$17.00 Per Dust Sample Taken
$20.00 Soil Sample (Rare Occurrence)
$50.00 Water Sample

$15.00 per sample

$150.00 plus $17.00 per sample lab fee

DCRA - Clearances $300.00plus lab fees
DOEE- Clearances $500.00plus lab fees
DCHA- Clearance $300.00 plus lab fees for interior or interior and exterior
DCHA- Clearance $250.00plus lab fee exterior only

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PLEASE NOTE: Veterans Environmental Technologies Services reserves the right to charge a fee of $50.00 for all missed appointments (“no shows”) and appointments which, without a compelling reason, are not cancelled with a 24-hour advance notice.

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REFUND POLICY: We do not charge, and our customers do not pay in advance of our conducting services. Customers pay after we have incurred the cost of materials labors and processing. We are inspectors,  and we observe and report our findings. We draw objective conclusions as they are required by the pertinent regulations. There is no option to legally do otherwise. Because of this, we do not issue refunds. We will not unless the customer has paid and we have failed to inspect the subject, and that failure was completely the fault of a member of the A Veterans Environmental Technology Services Team.