Mar 22 2012

Recommended Reading: Home/Sick?

A new post on the blog of the Network for Public Health Law by Network staff attorney Jennifer Bernstein underscores the critical need for updated housing laws that provide safer rental housing stock for tenants. Under the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (URLTA), enacted 40 years ago, a landlord must comply with all applicable building and housing codes that materially affect health and safety, make all repairs to keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition, keep common areas in a clean and safe condition and maintain good and safe utilities and fixtures. Most states have adopted the Act’s tenets, or have their own similar legislation.

URLTA is now being redrafted to reflect changes and concerns that have developed over the 40 years and Bernstein says key issues that need to be addressed in the new version include:

  • Bedbug infestations
  • Testing for and removing lead paint
  • Secondhand smoke exposure

Read the full post.

Tags: Built Environment and Health, Housing, Prevention, Public health law, Recommended Reading, Safety, Tobacco