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Guide to Lead-based Paint Regulations

The following is an outline of federal regulations relating to lead-based paint that affect home sellers, REALTORS®, landlords (and their agents) and anyone classified as a "renovator" in Michigan and elsewhere.

Pre-lease disclosure (September 6, 1996)

Target Housing: Pre-1978 rentals except:

  • Certified "lead-free" property
  • "0-bedroom", elderly, disabled housing
  • Nonrenewable leases <101 days


  • Signed disclosure form before lease commitment. (Specific wording required.)
  • Provide copies of all reports dealing with LBP, even if they say that no LBP is present.
  • OK to provide a certified summary if done by by licensed inspector, but full report must be made available on request.
  • Provide copy of the EPA Pamphlet
  • Retain records for 3 years, subject to unannounced EPA audit.

Pre-renovation (June 1, 1999)

Renovation Defined:

Any work that will disturb 2 square feet of paint in Target Housing or in owner-occupied housing built pre-1978. Includes plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc.


  • Notify owner, give pamphlet, get signature before work.
  • Notify tenants no more than 60 days before work.
  • Notify again if the nature, location or timing of work changes.
  • Within units: Give pamphlet, get adult signature or certify attempt to deliver.
  • Commons and exteriors: Notify all tenants individually, make pamphlet available.
  • Retain records for 3 years after completion of the project, subject to EPA audit.


Licensed inspector certifies in writing that the paint to be disturbed is not LBP. Emergency repairs. Work done not for compensation, by homeowners, neighbors, volunteers, etc.

Minimizing liability

  • Follow paperwork requirements in all regards, keeping meticulous records.
  • Train maintenance staff in lead-safe practices and in fielding questions from tenants.
  • Have Standard Operating Procedures and abide by them consistently.
  • Owners, keep the property in good condition so that the need for "disturbance" is minimized.
  • Remodelers, make sure your contracts and insurance are up to date. Contracts should define LBP as a hidden condition similar to asbestos or structural damage.

Or, as an alternative to those steps: A lead paint inspection done by a properly licensed and certified inspector who is authorized to issue full or partial exemptions from the regulations. Testing is non-destructive, and takes less than a day on site. Virtually all post-1960 properties will qualify for some form of exemption.

Source: 40 CFR Part 745.

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