Information for Homeowners and Landlords
Homeowners and Landlords are required to provide a safe environment for the families who live in the houses they own, including keeping families safe from exposures to lead through the home. If the home you own was built before 1978, it probably contains lead somewhere in the paint on the inside or outside of the house. If a child or pregnant woman is poisoned by lead while living in your home, you may be liable. Schenectady County’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and the City of Schenectady’s program to remove lead-hazards from city homes can help!
Forms and more information available from the EPA! http://www.epa.gov/chemicals-under-tsca
What are my responsibilities as a landlord?
Disclosure of lead based paint to tenants:
- If you know there is lead paint in your home, you are required to disclose this information to anyone interested in renting your property, before a rental agreement or lease is signed.
- You must provide an EPA lead hazard information packet to the tenants including this handout from the EPA to tenants “Protect your family from lead in the home.”
- If you do not disclose lead, and a child living in the home is poisoned by lead, you are liable to pay damages to the child’s family.
Fix the lead hazards:
Call SchenectadyCounty Public Health Services to see if you qualify for a FREE lead-hazard inspection, and we can help you decide what is the best way to re-mediate your home.
- Landlords are required to fix and remediate any lead-hazards in the home so that the home is safe for children and families.
- Some jobs are small and will be easy for you to do yourself, but any job that will disturb 6-square feet or more of paint requires an EPA-certified contractor to fix the lead-hazards.
- If you do not fix a known lead-hazard and a child is poisoned, the homeowner may be liable!
My rental property contains lead-hazards that need to be fixed. Now what?
Before you, a landlord or a contractor begins to work on the home, you must provide your tenants with EPA’s lead hazard information pamphlet.
If the job is smaller than a 6-foot space
Please contact Schenectady County Health Dept to discuss your plan for remediation before you begin. Call 386-2818.
If job is larger than 6-foot space
- As of April 2010, The EPA requires anyone doing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes built before 1978 to be legally EPA-certified and follow lead-safe work practices to prevent lead contamination.
- If you are going to do the work yourself, at least one member of your staff must be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices.
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