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The lead law requires the removal or covering of lead paint hazards in homes built before 1978 where any children under 6 live.
Lead paint hazards include loose lead paint and lead paint on windows and other surfaces accessible to children. Owners are responsible with complying with the law. This includes owners of rental property as well as owners living in their own single family home. Financial help is available through tax credits, grants and loans.
There are two ways:
After the work is approved, the owner will receive a Letter of Interim Control. Owners then have up to two years to remove lead hazards and receive a Letter of Full Compliance.
Some work must be done by a licensed deleader. But, an owner or agent (someone working for an owner without a deleader's license) can perform some specific tasks. An owner or agent cannot begin any of those tasks until:
If you have any questions, call the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP).
Yes. If a child has lead poisoning from lead hazards where the child lives, the owner is legally responsible.
An owner cannot avoid liability by asking tenants to sign an agreement that they accept the presence of lead paint.
Complying with the Lead Law is the best protection an owner has from liability.
No. An owner cannot evict, or refuse to rent to anyone because of lead paint. Discrimination is against the law and carries penalties.
For more information against discrimination, call the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
The following information is from the Massachusetts General Laws, Part I, Administration of the Government, Title XVI Public Health, Chapter 111 Public Health.