SYRACUSE, NEW YORK (WSYR-TV) — NewsChannel 9 is taking a closer taking a closer look at how Onondaga County’s new executive order and lead-free certification program is impacting landlords.
This new order will allow the county to withhold all rental assistance where there are existing lead violations in a multi-family building, meaning county tax dollars won’t support hazardous conditions for those living with lead.
Amber Mathews took advantage of the County’s lead program to create a safer space for her children and tenants.
“I knew I had an older built home and there was potential risk for hazards of lead being in my home,” Mathews said.
Being a landlord and a single mother with a young child in the home, she knew she had to get her home checked for lead. Her tenant qualified for the county’s lead program, meaning her entire home could be abated, saving her thousands of dollars. After she was approved, Onondaga County Inspector Russell Mike came to her home to test the windows, floors, and doors on the inside and outside.
“The majority of the lead on this home was found outside and that’s why we wrapped the whole house with siding,” Mike said.
Lead was also found in the windows. Crews spent about four weeks to abate and repair railings, pillars, siding and the roofing at the home.
The job would have cost Mathews $40,000, but all this cost her was her time.
“A lot of people would like to stray away from paperwork or producing documents, but it’s worth it because at the end of the day this is our home and you want to take pride and make that necessary investment into something that is yours,” Mathews said.
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