HOMEOWNERS, LANDLORDS BEWARE:
NEW EPA LAW CONCERNING LEAD PAINT!
A new law passed as of April 22 of 2010 stating that painting contractors must be state certified by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
Law states that no painting may be performed to homes built prior to 1978 without a prior lead test performed. Then if lead found a lead renovation process must be performed.
If no test is performed, a paint contractor is charged a fine of $35,500 per day. This enforcement started October 1 , 2010
Home owners and landlords need to be aware of this. Landlords cannot rent properties to a potential tenants without disclosing that the home has lead paint . A landlord cannot rent a home to a child 6 years of age or younger if it contains lead. Or to a woman who is pregnant. Landlords must also disclose if home is near a school or if children visit frequently.
This is going to be a huge problem for a lot of landlords who do not maintain their properties or for homeowners who do not have the money to renovate. A homeowner cannot hire a non certified renovator to perform work on their home, but they can work on their own home. However, most simply cant do the work. A landlord must also hire a certified renovator and cannot do the work him or herself unless they reside in the home personally.