Lead Based Paint and Your Home

lead based paint disclosureIf your home or the one you're thinking about buying was built prior to 1978, there are some disclosure laws that have to be followed. These are Federal Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Laws, not state or local laws. There are numerous older Roseville homes, for example, that qualify. And, if these laws are not followed, there are some severe penalties that are a result of the seriousness of the issue to human health. Specifically, failure to comply carries penalties that include treble (3 times) damages, attorney fees, costs, and a penalty up to $10,000 (plus adjustment for inflation), for each violation. You can review and print the EPA booklet by clicking on the icon to the left.

If you're involved in selling a homebuying a home or even renovating a home that could be affected by lead-based paint, there are lot of rules, regulations and disclosures that come into play.

If you're selling a home built before 1978:

  • Read, fill out and sign a form entitled "Lead-Based Paint Disclosure (Sales), disclosing to any potential buyer what, if anything, you know about lead-based paint and your property, as well as what records and report(s), if any, you have available. 

If you're buying a home built before 1978:

  • Read the Lead-Based paint Disclosure (Sales) form, acknowledge and elect to either, i) Obtain a risk assessment or inspection of the property for the presence of lead-based paint, or ii) Waive the opportunity to conduct a risk assessment or inspection. 

Effective April 2010, the EPA established a new Renovation, Repair & Painting rule (RRP) that applies to most qualifying homes. Under this new rule, all contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child-care facilities and schools built before 1978, must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Getting certified costs money and the cost of these projects in affected homes will likely go up.

There are numerous publications about the lead-based-paint issue, how it affects your home and your family, home renovations, and more. You can access a vast amount of information from the EPA here, and feel free to submit the form below and contact us with any questions.

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