Ald. Khalif Rainey
Press Release

Council effort to create lead-safe program moves forward


By - Jul 7th, 2020 03:57 pm

Today the full Common Council approved legislation that moves forward an effort to create a program certifying that properties are lead-safe before they are rented to the public.

Authored by Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Council file #200321 is a resolution directing the Department of Administration – Intergovernmental Relations Division to seek introduction and passage of state legislation that would permit the City of Milwaukee to create a program requiring rental property owners to certify that rental properties are lead-safe before they are rented to the public. The legislation’s co-sponsors are Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman Nik Kovac and Alderman Scott Spiker.

Alderman Rainey said many properties rented for residential use in Milwaukee are believed to have significant lead-poisoning hazards that can be contained or abated by regular and conscientious maintenance, yet many renters are not aware of the existing lead hazards and how they pose a serious risk to the health and safety of anyone (especially children) living in these rental residential units. “A person renting and living in a residential property has a right to presume the property being rented is a healthy and safe environment, free from risk of sickness or injury,” he said.

“A lead-safe certification program would compel landlords to contain or abate lead-poisoning hazards, thus ensuring the stable value of these properties and the surrounding neighborhoods, and improving the quality of life for residents,” Alderman Rainey said.

“Even though COVID-19 remains a top health priority, we must continue to do all we can to combat the dangerous lead issue that exists in Milwaukee,” the alderman said.

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