Must I Inform Prospective Tenants That My Rental Property Contains Lead-Based Paint?

Yes, federal law requires that most property owners who rent residential property built before 1978 disclose all known lead­based paint and lead­based paint hazards in the home and make available reports on lead present in the home. The lease should reflect that such notice was given and contain a warning of the danger posed by lead paint and lead paint hazards. The landlord should keep copies of such leases for three years to prove compliance with federal law. Landlords must provide each new tenant and each renewing tenant a copy of the EPA pamphlet Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home. Landlords seeking more information or copies of the pamphlet can call the National Lead Information Clearinghouse at 800­424­LEAD.

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