CLEVELAND — A councilman who wants to require that Cleveland homes now over 40 years old be certified as safe from lead hazards says he’ll exclude owner-occupied homes from his proposal after hearing residents’ feedback.

Councilman Jeff Johnson initially told The Plain Dealer ( ) he’ll propose the city start requiring old homes, childcare centers and schools to be certified, in an effort to help address Cleveland’s child lead-poisoning problem.

Johnson says he’s adjusting that because a slew of residents raised concerns about whether some homeowners could afford to pay several hundred dollars for lead hazard assessments that would be required. Johnson says the proposal he plans to introduce next month still would apply to rental homes and apartments.

He says he’ll also propose creating a fund to help pay for such assessments.

Information from: The Plain Dealer,

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