New Lead Paint Rules For Renovations

Contractors or landlords are required to have tenants sign a PRE-RENOVATION DISCLOSURE FORM  beginning December 22, 2008  which indicates that the tenant has received the EPA’s RENOVATE RIGHT: IMPORTANT LEAD HAZARD INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES, CHILD CARE PROVIDERS, AND SCHOOLS  lead hazard information pamphlet before starting  renovation of residential buildings built before 1978.

This pamphlet must also be given to owners and administrators of pre-1978 child care facilities and schools where children under age six are present.  The pamphlet and renovation information must be made available to the parents or guardians of children that attend these schools by either mail, hand delivery or posting informational signs.

The requirements apply to renovation, repair or painting activities including window replacement. The rule does not apply to minor maintenance or repair activities where less than six square feet of lead-based paint is disturbed in an interior room or where less then twenty square feet of lead-based paint is disturbed on the exterior.

The new rule affects paid renovators including renovation contractors, maintenance workers in multi-family housing, painters and other specialty trades. To obtain the disclosure form and pamphlet, see www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/pre-renovationform.pdf  and www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovaterightbrochure.pdf

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