A collection of resources from state agencies, including lead and your child's health, finding and removing lead, deleading on my own, lead data, Massachusetts lead law, and lead information for providers.
MGL 111 s. 189A-199B Lead Poisoning Prevention & Control
MGL 111 s. 127B-1/2 Removal of Dangerous Levels of Lead Paint
MGL 93A s. 2, 9, 11 Consumer Protection
MGL 112 s. 12BB Mandatory Screening by Physicians of Preschool Children
MGL 151B § 4(11) Discrimination against families with young children
MGL 186 s. 18 Reprisals Against Tenants for Reporting Violations
Selected case law
Al-Ziab v. Mourgis , 424 Mass. 847 (1997)
A landlord's violation of the lead paint statute does not, without a showing of at least negligent conduct by the landlord, constitute a violation of the statutory covenant of quiet enjoyment for purposes of awarding attorney's fees
Bencosme v. Kokoras , 400 Mass. 40 (1987)
Owners of residential property are strictly liable for injuries sustained under the lead paint act
Massachusetts Rental Housing Association Inc. v. Lead Poisoning Control Director , 49 Mass. App. Ct. 359 (2000)
Sodium sulfide test is economical, convenient and endorsed by other testing authorities and thus has a rational basis. Notice to prospective tenants published by Dept. of Public Health is factually accurate and legally correct.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Mass. Dept. of Public Health
Everything you need to know about the lead law, including public health fact sheets, downloadable forms, introduction to the lead law, guides, data and reports. Also provides information on finding a licensed professional.
Deleading and lead safety
Information for licenses, employees and consumers
Lead, US Environmental Protection Agency
Links to federal laws, regulations and resources on lead paint, including those requiring "contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978" be certified
Lead Paint Removal , Citizen Information Service
Explains the legal obligations of landlords and owners. For example, "An owner cannot evict or refuse to rent to anyone because of lead paint, enforceable by the MA Commission Against Discrimination."
Legal Tactics: Self-Defense for Tenants in Mass., Chapter 9: Lead Poisoning , Mass. Law Reform Institute, 2017
Includes how to have children testing, how to have your home testing, de-leading, and legal remedies for tenants
National Lead Information Center (NLIC)
Provides the general public and professionals with information about lead hazards and their prevention. Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH)
Information on federal government programs, laws, regulations, pamphlets, publications, and links to other web sites
Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools , Environmental Protection Agency
"Beginning April 2010, federal law will require that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination." This pamphlet explains the requirements in plain English.
"Landlord's Liability for Injury or Death of Tenant's Child from Lead Poisoning," 19 ALR 5th 405
Liability and Lead Paint Litigation , MCLE, 2005
- vol. 10-10C (Procedural Forms Annotated) West Group, with supplement, sec. 38:12, 42:63, 79:65
- vol. 15-16B (Legal Forms) West Group, with supplement, sec. 22:10, 23:12, 24:83, 24:94, 24:98, 26:18, 32:19
- vol. 33A-34 (Landlord and Tenant Law) West Group, with supplement, sec. 18:23-18:35, 21:48
- vol. 36A (Consumer Law) West Group, with supplement, sec. 29:38-29:48
- vol. 37A (Tort Law) Thomson/West, 2005, sec. 18.6
Residential and commercial landlord-tenant practice in Massachusetts , MCLE, loose-leaf, chapter 6
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