Disclosure Requirements

Under the rules of the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (commonly called 'Title 10'), disclosure about lead in homes may be required. Here are the words from the folks at HUD and the EPA:

"ARE YOU PLANNING TO BUY, RENT, OR RENOVATE A HOME BUILT BEFORE 1978?

Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead (called lead-based paint). Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly. By 1996, federal law will require that individuals receive certain information before renting, buying, or renovating pre-1978 housing:

LANDLORDS will have to disclose known information on lead-based paint hazards before leases take effect. Leases will include a federal form about lead-based paint.

SELLERS will have to disclose known information on lead-based paint hazards before selling a house. Sales contracts will include a federal form about lead-based paint in the building. Buyers will have up to 10 days to check for lead hazards.

RENOVATORS will have to give you this pamphlet before starting work.

If you want more information on these requirements (and even more information about lead), call the National Lead Information Clearinghouse at 1-800-424-LEAD or the EPA's Lead Information.

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Lead in the Home