Look for deterioration of any painted or coated surface. Deterioration is when the paint or coating on surfaces chips, peels, flakes, cracks, or is otherwise damaged. If the paint or coating does not appear smooth and firmly attached to the surface it is on, it needs to be repaired.
Be sure to carefully look in all hard-to-see places. Tell your landlord or property management company if you notice any deterioration. The law only requires your landlord or property management company to make repairs in a room or on the outside of the building if the total area of deterioration is one square foot or more. The Health Department recommends that landlords or property management companies repair any deterioration, no matter how small. If there is any deteriorated paint or coating:
Use plastic sheeting to block off any areas where you see deteriorated paint or coatings.
Keep children and anyone who is pregnant away.
Secure the sheeting on all sides with tape.
Use soap and a wet disposable cloth to clean up any paint chips or dust. Clean until a new cloth appears still clean after being wiped along cleaned surfaces.
Clean window wells routinely and other high friction areas, such as door frames, using soap and a wet disposable cloth.
If your landlord or property management company is not following the requirements of the law, fill out an online form and the Health Department will investigate your concern.