Real estate agent alert: New rules for lead-based paint

A new rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at preventing lead poisoning from lead-based paint goes into effect next month.

The rule requires the use of lead-safe practices and is part of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program, created by the EPA to help keep people safe from lead contaminated dust. Beginning in April 2010, 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, according to the EPA.

These rules apply to any activity or renovation at will disturb more than 6 square feet of lead based paint in the interior and 20 square feet on the exterior, in a residential and multi family structures. This new rule affects general contractors, painters, plumbers, residential property owners and managers, carpenters, electricians, and even maintenance personnel. Realtors and property managers should also make themselves aware of the requirements as well. They should be aware of the hazards of lead paint poisoning and ways to prevent it.

The EPA also states that “Deteriorating paint in such homes present a lead hazard through inhalation and ingestion of paint chips and lead contaminated dust and soil. Lead may also be present in varnish, caulk, and other materials. It is important to find out if your home has lead in it or around it!"

About the author

Marla Ray is owner of Urban Referrals, a company that connects homeowners and homebuyers with licensed, insured and certified contractors in the DC Metro Area. Contact 202.332.0848 for more information.

Leave a comment

You are commenting as guest.
  • Ways to save at closing

    Title charges are the largest chunk of closing costs and can vary by hundreds of dollars.

    Learn more

  • What are closing costs?

    The real estate closing process involves loan steps, legal steps and title steps.

    Learn more

  • What's title insurance?

    Insure your legal ownership just like you'd insure the building, but for lots cheaper.

    Learn more

Connect with us

Our blog contains general information only, not intended to be relied upon as, nor a substitute for, specific professional advice. Rate tables and figures that appear on our blog are deemed reliable but not guaranteed. For current rates & policies, refer to our Quick Quote and Consumer Guide. We accept no responsibility for loss occasioned to any purpose acting on or refraining from action as a result of any material on our blog.