The Law

Author: DS Home Inspection Services, LLC |

Maryland laws and regulations regarding the reduction of lead risk in rental housing provide for inspections to be conducted at various times. A rental dwelling unit which was constructed prior to 1978 must, at a minimum, meet the Risk Reduction Standard. The chart below displays the current standards.

Area tested Old Standards Current standards (effective July 1, 2020)
Floor ≥ 40 µg/ft2 ≥ 10 µg/ft2
Window sill ≥ 250 µg/ft2 ≥ 100 µg/ft2
Window well ≥ 400 µg/ft2 ≥ 100 µg/ft2


The property owner should review the available inspection options to select the inspection service which best suits their needs.

All lead paint inspectors are required by law to notify MDE at least 24 hours prior to an inspection appointment – they may show up at the property to audit the inspection.