Enforcing Safety Standards for Existing Structures
THD inspects existing structures to ensure and enforce certain minimum building standards that must be in place if the structure is occupied or used. These standards, set forth in Title 55 (Property Maintenance Code), include requirements pertaining to sanitation, maintenance, electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems, and more.
THD also responds to complaints pertaining to landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities, as established in the Oklahoma Non-Residential/Residential Landlord and Tenant Acts.
If you have a complaint, question or concern about a structure’s safety or compliance—or about your rights as a landlord or tenant, please click here to complete an online complaint form or call 918-595-4200. We’ll conduct an on-site inspection, if necessary, or refer you to the right course of action. You can also download a Renters Walkthrough Inspection Form here.
Whether you are an apartment manager, leasing agent, landlord or a renter, it’s important to know your rights and responsibilities. Housing 101 is an annual event to teach residents about the minimum safety standards for housing, including electrical, plumbing, mechanical, safe heating sources, occupancy limitations and more. Legal Aid of Oklahoma presents and answers questions about the Fair Housing Act and Landlord Tenant Act. Click HERE to get a preview of our presentation on housing regulation.
Lead in the Home
Lead-based paint, in good condition, does not present a health hazard. However, paint left in poor repair, chipped, and peeling can be ingested. The presence of lead in people can cause adverse health effects, especially in children. Even low levels of lead can affect learning abilities, behavior, and brain development. Homes and apartments built before 1978 could have paint that contains lead. The International Property Maintenance Code Section 305.7 requires lead based paint greater than .5% must be removed or encapsulated as approved by the code official.
Landlords and home sellers are required to disclose known hazards for lead-based paint. When remodeling a home with lead-based paint, it is important to take proper precautions because renovations can release lead from paint into the air.
Testing for Lead in Paint
If you are concerned, the Tulsa Health Department can test a sample of paint from your home. Bring a sample at least the size of a half dollar or bigger to the environmental lab at 5051 S. 129th E. Ave., Tulsa. The cost is $25. To have children tested for lead, contact your doctor.
- Lead in the Home Fact Sheet [717 kb]
If a house or property is contaminated by a drug lab, contact THD for guidance and information regarding the contaminated property. Only your local health agency can determine if a property has been properly decontaminated. For general questions about drug labs and contaminated properties, please contact us at 918-595-4200 or consult 41 O.S. § 118 (OSCN 2015), Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. To report suspected illegal drug lab activity, contact your local law enforcement agency.
- Methamphetamine Fact Sheet [300 kb]
Interior Clean Up Information for Sewage Leak
Raw/untreated sewage is a health hazard due to the presence of disease-causing organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Untreated they may cause property damage and present unhealthy living conditions. Any surface contaminated by sewage requires attention to prevent illness.
When cleaning an area that has been contaminated by untreated sewage, personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, masks, and/or coveralls are necessary.
If the damaged area cannot be cleaned, dried, and properly disinfected it should be discarded. Carpet padding is an example of an item that should be discarded and replaced.
Use common cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize the affected areas. Hot water and detergent should be used to clean, after removing sewage matter.
Disinfect with a chlorine solution (¼ cup chlorine bleach to one gallon of water). DO NOT USE UNDILUTED BLEACH. Chlorine bleach is a chemical that should be used with care. CAUTION: Do Not Mix Ammonia Cleaners with Chlorine Bleach!
Use fans and/or dehumidifiers to assure all areas are dry. Thorough drying is essential to prevent odors and bacterial/mold growth.