Toledo adopts law on lead safety for rental properties

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — New laws in Toledo will require some properties built before 1978 to be inspected for lead and declared safe before they can be rented.

City Council approved the new ordinance unanimously earlier this week. It takes effect in January.

An attorney who helped write the ordinance says landlords must have their properties inspected and declared lead safe.

The attorney says rental properties requiring inspections include single homes, duplexes, and buildings with as many as four apartments. Properties where child care is provided also must be inspected.

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson praised the law, saying it’s important for children and their parents. A councilwoman criticized landlords who’d opposed the ordinance.