Laws in a Nutshell: Lead-Based Paint

Laws: The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992

Major provisions:

  • Applies to houses and apartments built before 1978.
  • Requires owners and their agents to disclose the known presence of lead-based paint on properties being sold or leased and to provide any available reports pertaining to lead-based paint hazards.
  • Requires owners' agents to give all prospective buyers or renters a copy of the federal pamphlet, Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home. It's available in several languages at the EPA Web site.
  • Makes salespeople responsible for obtaining a signed acknowledgement that the pamphlet was received and for keeping that acknowledgment for three years as proof of compliance.
  • Gives buyers 10 days to have an inspection of the property for lead paint.
  • Does not require that owners test for the presence of lead paint.


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