Under Massachusetts and federal law, owners must comply with Tenant Notification requirements when a prospective tenant is about to rent a home built before 1978, whether they have a child under six or not. The aim of this requirement is to inform tenants about:
  • The danger lead paint poses to children and adults
  • Lead poisoning prevention steps
  • The requirements of the Lead Law

To comply with both the state and federal Tenant Notification requirements, the owner must supply the prospective tenant the following documents before entering a rental agreement:

  • Two copies of the Tenant Notification and Tenant Certification Form (one for the owner to keep and one for the tenant to keep)
  • A copy of the most recent lead inspection or risk assessment report for the rental unit, if one exists
  • A copy of any Letter of Compliance or Letter of Interim Control for the rental unit, if it exists

Tenant and owner must each keep a completed and signed Tenant Certification Form, which certifies that the tenant has received the information.

Owners who fail to comply with Tenant Notification requirements are subject to civil penalty under Massachusetts law, and both civil and criminal penalties under federal law.



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