Landlords, Homeowners, and Tenants

The HUD/EPA disclosure rule requires you to give our the pamphlet: "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home" to people before hey rent or buy pre-1978 housing.  Owners of rental housing must disclose information about lead paint hazards to potential renters before a lease is signed.  Sellers must disclose information about any known lead-based paint or lead=based paint hazards before selling a home. 

Lead dust generated by traditional renovation work can cause lead poisoning in children, pregnant women, yourself, other workers, and even pets.  There are simple, practical ways to reduce this risk

Tips When Working on an Older Home

  • Work Smart:  Test work areas for lead paint before you renovate, repair or paint
  • Work Wet:  Mist areas with water before sanding or scraping
  • Work Clean:  Wet wipe or mop, use a HEPA vacuum to clean up paint chips and dust

As of April 22, 2010, landlords paying someone to work on their rental property are responsible for following the new Environmental Protection Agency's Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule.  Homeowners working on their own property are strongly recommended to follow the EPA guidelines.

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