Lead Based Paint

Many houses and built before 1978 have paint that contains high levels of lead (called lead based paint).  Lead from paint, chips and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly.

Sellers must disclose any known lead-based paint and hazards in homes built prior to 1978 in a Lead Based Paint Disclosure Form.

They are also required to give buyers any reports that are available from tests that have been performed.  Sellers must also give buyers a pamphlet about how to protect families from lead in homes.  (Your REALTOR® should give you a copy of this pamphlet.)

You also have the right to a 10-day period to conduct a lead-based paint inspection or risk assessment at your own expense.

You are encouraged to check for lead-based paint before renting, buying or renovating pre-1978 homes.