EPA Delays Enforcement of Certification for Lead Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

If you have not yet taken the EPA approved RRP contractor certification class, and have work to do on your pre-1978 properties, you have a little breathing room. The EPA announced Friday, June 18th that it is postponing the enforcement Click here to read more »

Lead Certification Training for Landlords and Rehabbers

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

As I write this article, we are less than a week away from the imposition by the EPA of its new requirements to minimize lead exposure during remodeling and renovation of pre 1978 housing units. Since last month, I have attended along with over 20 other ACRE members and some of their contractors the first of a series of certification classes being offered, have passed my test, and am awaiting my official certification as a “Certified Renovator” in lead safe renovation practices under the EPA’s Renovation Repair and Painting Program. Click here to read more »

EPA Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule Effective April 22, 2010

By Bradley S. Dornish

The EPA promulgated in June 2008 a new “Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule” which affects renovation work done on rental housing units, child care facilities and schools (Covered Properties) built prior to 1978. We first reported on the rule shortly thereafter, since notice requirements to residents went into effect at that time. However, because contractors, including painters, plumbers, electricians and others doing covered renovation work were required by the Rule to receive special EPA approved training and certification to continue to do that work, the rest of the rule was delayed until April 22, 2010 to allow those contractors to obtain that certification without interrupting their businesses. Click here to read more »

Seven Things You Need to Know Before You Buy Rental Property — Thing Six: State of Repair and Contractors

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

Looks can be deceiving. You can’t judge a book by its cover. Beauty is skin deep. All of these sayings are even more relevant to the purchase of rental property.

When I began renovating properties and holding them for rental, I tried to cut corners in the work I was doing on each unit to save money. Cosmetic repairs like paint, plaster and carpeting got a big bang for the buck, and a few outlet covers and new switches made old wiring look good, at least. Nobody actually looked at the furnace, water heater or breaker/fuse box when they were renting, so why should I bother to spend a lot of money replacing wiring, panel boxes, plumbing and heating systems? Click here to read more »

2009 Mechanic’s Lien Law Changes

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq. and Scott Hess

A mechanic’s lien is a security interest in personal or real property for those who have supplied labor or materials without being fully paid. In Pennsylvania and most other states, these liens are statutory in nature. These protective devices exist to provide a type of insurance to contractors by allowing them to obtain a lien against another’s property to ensure payment. Almost every state has enacted a statutory provision regarding mechanic’s liens. Pennsylvania is no exception as our legislature recognizes this as an important item of public policy. For the most part, the laws controlling these types of liens have gone unaltered for decades. However, in the past several years, sweeping changes in legislation have drastically altered the way mechanic’s liens are treated in Pennsylvania. Click here to read more »