What is interim control of lead paint hazards?

Interim Control is a way for property owners to correct urgent lead hazards in order to protect children from lead and comply with the Lead Law. It allows property owners up to two years before they have to delead a home or apartment and come into full compliance with the law.

How is interim control different from full deleading compliance?

Interim Control is different from full deleading compliance with the law because only urgent lead hazards are addressed.

What are urgent lead hazards?

  • Chipping. peeling or loose paint
  • Windows with lead paint that shed dust or chips
  • Household dust containing a high lead level
  • Window wells that are not smooth or easy to clean
  • Structural defects such as roof or plumbing leaks that are causing lead paint to peel

What is required to obtain a Letter of Interim Control?

The first step for Interim Control is to hire a licensed risk assessor who will identify lead violations and urgent lead hazards and show you what work must be done. A list of licensed risk assessors is available from CLPPP.

After work is completed, the risk assessor must return to take dust samples and visually confirm that the work has been done properly.

Property owners whose homes meet Interim Control standards will receive a Letter of Interim Control, which is good for one year. The property owner can have the home reinspected before the end of the year. If the home meets all the conditions of Interim Control, the Letter of Interim Control may be renewed for an additional year.

Who can make any necessary repairs?

Some repairs must be done by licensed deleaders. Other work may be done by homeowners and their agents who have received special training. Contact CLPPP for more information on what work must be done by a licensed deleader and what work homeowners and their agents may become trained to perform.

What happens after a property has been under interim control for two years?

By the end of two years, a home under Interim Control must be deleaded for full compliance if a child under six lives there, even if the property has been sold.

Is financial help available?

Property owners who receive a Letter of Interim Control are eligible for a state income tax credit of one-half the cost of work done to achieve interim control, up to $500.

This information is provided by the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program within the Department of Public Health.