Post Compliance Assessment Determinations (PCAD)
After a property is in Compliance a PCAD can be performed to determine if the property is still in Compliance, or if there are any new violations that need to be addressed by the owner. This can be done routinely or after many years.
What is it?
Once a property gains a Letter of Compliance it is only still in Compliance as long as all the hazards remain addressed. This means that if lead paint begins to flake or coverings fall off, the property will lose its status as being in Compliance. A PCAD is performed to check over the property again and determine if it is still in Compliance. If a property is found to still be in Compliance it is issued a new Letter of Maintained Compliance. If hazards are found then the owner will have 30 days to do the work to fix the problems. Once the work is performed and passing dust wipes are done, the property will get a new Letter of Maintained Compliance. This 30 day window is still covered under the protection from Strict Liability.
If the 30 days pass without the work being done, then a properly authorized deleader will need to do this work. Once the work is performed and passing dust wipes are taken then the property will be issued a Letter of Restored Compliance. Your protection from strict liability is no longer there if you have waited this long, and will only come back once you are issued a Letter of Restored Compliance. Therefore you should try to do any work required within the initial 30 days.
Why have a PCAD?
While a Letter of Compliance will protect a property owner from Strict Liability, if someone does become poisoned the property may be examined. If there are violations discovered such as paint that has become loose or coverings that are no longer on then your protection may be limited. A PCAD will help you identify any problems as well as show that you are making efforts to comply with the Lead Law.
Some funding programs also require you to routinely update your Letter of Compliance with these additional PCADs.
How long does it take?
The length of a PCAD will depend on the size of the property and amount of deleading work that was done. A typical PCAD will be between 1 to 2 hours.