In 1978, the federal government outlawed the use of lead-based paint. However, many of the homes and apartment complexes we live in still contain lead-paint. Why? Because they were built prior to 1978. While landlords and property owners are lot legally obligated to remove lead paint, they are required to notify residents or potential residents of its existence.
Known as the Lead Disclosure Rule, this law helps to protect individuals and families form lead exposure. Read on to learn more:
What is the Lead Disclosure Rule?
The Lead Disclosure Rule comes from the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, also known as Title X. By this law, landlords, real estate agents, and/or property owners must notify future residents of the existence of lead-based paint and other related hazards. This includes the following:
- Providing an EPA-approved information pamphlet on lead-based paint
- Disclosing any known information about lead on the property
- Provide records and/or reports on lead-based paint
- Include a Lead Warning Statement on the contract or lease
- Provide homebuyers a 10-day period to conduct and inspection and risk assessment for lead-based paint
What should you do?
If your home or apartment was built after 1978, then you likely have nothing to worry about. However, if it was built prior to 1978, then the current property owners should have alerted you to the existence of lead-based paint. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to get extra information before moving into a home or apartment. Getting a lead-based paint test can help you understand the extent of the problem. It can also help you decide if you should remove the lead-based paint, or if you can live with it on your property.