The lead-based paint disclosure form is a federally required attachment to any lease or purchase agreement for residential properties built prior to 1978. Due to the dangers and hazardous effects lead has to the body, the federal government banned its use. The dangers only arrive when the paint begins to crack and deteriorate. The dust that is released is the main cause for concern as it can do real harm to the human body and especially with children and pregnant women. Therefore, if a tenant or buyer of an older residential property finds any cracking or deteriorating walls or ceilings to contact the owner or to have a certified inspector view the premises.
- Lead-Based Paint Disclosure
- Consumer Pamphlet
Under § 745.113(b) of the U.S. Code, all “targeted housing” must have the following disclosure in the lease agreement:
Housing built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint. Lead from paint, paint chips, and dust can pose health hazards if not managed properly. Lead exposure is especially harmful to young children and pregnant women. Before renting pre-1978 housing, lessors must disclose the presence of lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the dwelling. Lessees must also receive a federally approved pamphlet on lead poisoning prevention.
“Targeted housing” is known as all residential housing except for property used for the elderly with disabilities as long as children under the age of six (6) years are not to be staying on the premises. In addition, the landlord does not need to provide this disclosure for leases under one-hundred (100) days (§ 745.101(c)).