Lead Paint

In April of 2010, the EPA’s Renovation Repair and Painting Rule created several new lead-based paint safety practices.


Lead-based paint was used in many homes and apartment units throughout the U.S. until it was found to have detrimental impacts on human health. In 1992, Congress enacted the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act — also known as Title X — to reduce the risk of exposure. Section 1018 of the Act regulates disclosure of lead-based paint in sales and lease transactions involving pre-1978 residential properties.


According to Section 1018, the following is required:


You can purchase NAR’s guide that describes the EPA’s practices as well as what steps real estate agents, brokers, and property managers need to take to comply with the new procedures.


Both consumers and REALTORS® should make note of the EPA rule issued in 2008 that addresses lead hazards in remodeling and renovation activities. The EPA is requiring additional regulatory compliance procedures before, during and after any remodeling or renovation activity. Specifically, 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.