The Get the Lead Out! program helps landlords protect their investments. Making your rental property lead-safe through this program will not only include free repairs to your units, but also reduces your exposure to potential lawsuits for lead poisoning.
Have rental property in the City of Grand Rapids?
Many of the homes in Grand Rapids contain lead hazards that must be addressed. The Get the Lead Out! program provides a free lead inspection/risk assessment of your property and offers zero-interest, deferred loans with low co-pays for the repairs needed to ensure lead-free units that are up to code.
If you meet all the requirements listed below, you may qualify for the Get the Lead Out! program.
Here's how landlords qualify:
Here's what landlords can expect:
- Up to $14,000 in repairs for one unit properties
- Up to $18,000 in repairs for 2 - 4 unit properties
- 10 - 15 percent co-pay ($300 minimum)
Get the Lead Out!, through the City of Grand Rapids Lead Hazard Control Program, provides up to $14,000 for one unit properties and $18,000 for two to four unit properties. You are responsible for a 10 to 15 percent co-pay with a minimum co-pay of $300. For a period of up to five years you must comply with program marketing, rent restrictions, and tenant selection requirements. However, these requirements can usually be met within 36 months.
“Family friendly" vacant units may also qualify. Family friendly units are:
- One or more bedrooms,
- Located within easily walkable access to child-friendly outdoor green/playspace, and
- Not located above a late-night entertainment establishments (noise after 8 PM).
Your rental units may also be eligible for additional free repairs for health and safety items based on a full-home assessment. Call for more information.
How to Apply
Angela Weston at the Rental Property Owners Association can assist landlords with the application process and provide training for lead safe work practices. Email Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (616) 454-3385.
When you contact Angela, she will need you to complete this intake form. If you would like to get started on your application package, you can download an application for rental property owners here, as well as the paperwork needed to qualify your tenants.