Childhood Lead Prevention Program: Property Owner Information
Federal Law requires property owners of pre-1978 dwellings to:
- Disclose in writing any known lead-based paint and related hazards before selling or renting any housing built before 1978.
- Provide prospective buyers or tenants with a copy of the US EPA pamphlet, Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (see Helpful Links). Both the property owner and the buyer/renter must sign an acknowledgement of receipt, which the owner keeps on file.
Assume that any home built before 1979 contains some lead-based paint.
It is illegal for property owners to allow lead hazards to exist on their property.
Property owners will be required to safely repair any hazards that have been identified as a result of an inspection by the Department of Public Health.
Lead Requirements for Property Owners (pdf) contains important information how to identify hazards on your property, latest Laws and Ordinances and how to get help toremove lead paint from your property.
What are you required to do when renovating the exterior of a building?
- If you have not done so, provide residential tenants with the US EPA pamphlet, Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (see Helpful Links), before work begins.
- The Exterior Work Practices Legislation requires notification of the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) if 100 or more square feet or 100 or more linear feet of lead-based paint will be disturbed. Also, you must notify residential occupants at least 3 days before work begins.