Posted By Cliff Tuttle | October 3, 2010
If you are a landlord, you need to be aware that since April 2010 the EPA has required that you may only hire a contractor who has obtained an EPA certification to do repairs on properties built before 1978 that may be occupied by children. Of course, you can do the work yourself without a certification and you can do a very small repair (the regs specify this in detail), but by and large you must ask any contractor you hire to work on a pre-1978 building for proof of certification. The fine for non-compliance is $37,500.00 per occurrence.
There are a handful of training organizations that have been doing land office business providing pre-certification classes. Recently, the Community College of Allegheny County has joined this group. Training classes will be held at the CCAC/West Hills Center in Oakdale on October 22, November 22 and December 17. The cost is $249.00, which CCAC says is significantly cheaper than other programs. The classes will run fron 7:30 AM to 5 PM each day and class space is limited to 25. Contact Marge Curtin at 412-788-7386.
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