I own an apartment building built before 1978. I want to remodel and repaint. Are there any special rules I need to follow?
You want to make sure you hire contractors who are trained in the use of lead safe work
practices. Effective April of 2010, remoders and builders who dorenovation or remodeling
projects in homes built before 1978 must comply with new lead paint safety requirements set by
EPA. Any company doing work in these homes must be certified, follow specific work practices
and keep detailed records. Ifa landlord disturbs more than sixsquare feet of a painted surface
inside, more than twenty square feet outside, or conducts any window replacement or demolition,
he is subject to the new rule and must comply ith the lead paint safetystandards. Additional
information on this rule can be found at www.epa.gov/lead.
What if I did not receive the required notice from my landlord? If you did not receive the Disclosure of formation on Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead
Hazards form when your leased a house ltubefore 1978, call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) or
contact a lawyer if you have been damaged by lead paint.
May a housing provider exclude families with children from units where lead-based paint hazards have not been controlled? Can the Landlord terminate the tenancy of families, which live in units where lead-based paint hazards have not been controlled?
A landlord is prohibited from discriminatingbased on the fact that a tenant’s household
includes children. If a unit that has not undergone lead hazard control treatments is available and
the family chooses to live ine thunit, the housing provider stu advise the family of the
condition of the unit but may not refuse to allow the family to occupy the unit because the family
has children. Similarly, it ould violate the Fair Housing Actfor a housing provider to seek to
terminate the tenancy of a family residing in a unit where lead-based paint hazards have not been
controlled because of the presence of minochildren in the household. The housing provider
may offer transfers, with or without incentivesto a family residing in a unit where lead-based
paint hazards have not been controlled to enablethe family to move to a unit where lead-based
paint hazards have been controlled.