Lead poisons children. Most children get lead poisoning from lead dust and lead paint in old homes. As a property owner, you must protect children from lead poisoning.
The Massachusetts Lead Law The Lead Law says owners must remove or cover lead paint hazards in homes built before 1978 if a child under 6 lives there. Lead paint hazards include loose paint and lead paint on windows or other places that children can reach.
The only way to know if you have lead in your home is to have it tested by a licensed inspector. Go to www.mass.gov/dph/clppp to find a licensed lead inspector near you.
If there is lead in your home, you must remove or cover it. There are different ways to do this. Call CLPPP to learn more.
Who can remove or cover lead? Removing or covering is called deleading. Some work must be done by a licensed deleader. But you can do most deleading work yourself if you get trained and authorized. You may need to help tenants find a place to stay (at your expense) until the work is done. To learn more, call CLPPP and ask for a copy of the Deleading Book.
What about money? There is money to help property owners pay for deleading. Encourage property owners to call the Get the Lead Out program at 617-854-1000.
Before You Rent or Sell: What You Need to Know
Tenant Notification and Certification When you rent a home built before 1978, you must give tenants these papers before they sign a rental agreement, even if they do not have children.
Tenant Lead Law Notification and Certification Form
A copy of the most recent lead inspection report, if it exists
A copy of any Letter of Compliance or Letter of Interim Control, if it exists
Any information about lead in the home.
Property Transfer Lead Paint Notification When a buyer is about to purchase a home built before 1978, you must give them:
Property Transfer Lead Paint Notification Form
a signed Property Transfer Lead Paint Certification Form
any information about lead in the home
A copy of any lead inspection report, Letter of Compliance, or Letter of Interim Control
A 10 day period to have the home inspected for lead at the buyer's expense before the Purchase and Sale
All Notification and Certification forms are available at www.mass.gov/dph/clppp Penalties and Liability You cannot evict of refuse to rent to someone because of lead paint. This is discrimination. It is illegal. If a child is poisoned by lead, you are responsible. Complying with the Lead Law is the best protection you have from liability. If you do not comply with the law, you could face civil and criminal penalties.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) Call for Free: 1-800-532-9571 On the Web: www.mass.gov/dph/clppp
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Center for Environmental Health
Beverly Health Department • 90 Colon Street • Beverly, MA 01915 • Phone: (978) 921-8591 • Fax: (978) 922-5695