Landlords Required to Test for Lead When Accepting Domestic Violence Victims

by Wallace Gibson, CPM, GRI

Landlords in several areas of the Northeast are reporting that when they are showing rental homes to clients with children staying in “domestic violence” shelters, they are being required to have the agency test for lead.

While this appears like a “good idea” on it’s face because landlords do want to have information on their rental property and do want to provide safe properties for their residents, the ultimate use of this testing information is suspect.

As government funding for these types of agencies is subject to reductions in grant funding, they have combined their focus and overhead costs to spread their limited funding dollars.

Landlords in states with “source of income” as a protected class may have no option in this regard if the rental applicant screens well; however, if, after submitting their completed application, the prospect does not meet minimum screening criteria– income, credit, past landlord, etc.,– then this should certainly come into the discussion well BEFORE an agency is invited into the property to conduct such testing.

Wallace Gibson, CPM, GRI, is the owner/broker of Gibson Management Group, Ltd., a full-service property management company offering 45 years of professional property management services for investment property owners in Central Virginia“Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa and Greene counties. Her firms website is and she blogs at

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