DESCRIPTION OF THE STRATEGY
Proactively engaging area landlords is an innovative way to build public awareness and support vital to advancing lead poisoning prevention and healthy housing. Health departments and community-based organizations can foster less adversarial, more supportive relationships with landlords by combining presentations of traditional lead prevention information with subjects that landlords see as being in their self-interest. Such topics can include free training in lead-safe work practices; how hazard control interventions can reduce legal liability; sources of grants and loans for rehabilitation and lead abatement; and information about other services such as low-cost clearance testing.
Landlords will become better informed about lead hazard prevention and control, lead-safe work practices, and services available to them that make controlling and abating lead hazards more affordable. Good working relationships will also be established among health departments, landlords, and community-based organizations, which can help encourage broad action to reduce and eliminate lead hazards.
Landlords who are aware of practical lead poisoning prevention tools and resources will be less likely to inadvertently create lead hazards through rehabilitation or remodeling, and they will be better equipped to control existing lead hazards.
Good working relationships with landlords can be used to encourage these property owners to incorporate further healthy homes practices on their properties.
Scope of Potential Impact
City - or - County - Wide
Rental Property Owners/Landlords
0.5 FTE at the most; in most instances, no new staff will be required.
Other resource requirements:
Prior contacts with already-cooperative landlords can be useful to this strategy.
This strategy builds on existing laws and programs.
Modest costs can be expected, and overall costs will depend on the scope of the strategy.
This strategy can be implemented at any time.
Variable. Feasibility will largely depend on landlord response to engagement efforts.
In some areas, landlords may continue to be resistant to change or cooperative working relationships with government regulators and/or community-based organizations, despite persistent efforts to engage them. In other instances, landlords may deem necessary efforts “too expensive,” setting up adversarial relationships this strategy is supposed to avoid.