Are You Planning to Buy or Rent a Home Built Before 1978?

Did you know that many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint? Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards.

Read this entire brochure to learn:

How lead gets into the body
How lead affects health
What you can do to protect your family Where to go for more information

Before renting or buying a pre-1978 home or apartment, federal law requires:

  • Sellers must disclose known information on lead-based paint or lead- based paint hazards before selling a house.

  • Real estate sales contracts must include a specific warning statement about lead-based paint. Buyers have up to 10 days to check for lead.

  • Landlords must disclose known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before leases take effect. Leases must include a specific warning statement about lead-based paint.

    If undertaking renovations, repairs, or painting (RRP) projects in your pre-1978 home or apartment:

    Read EPA’s pamphlet, The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right, to learn about the lead-safe work practices that contractors are required to follow when working in your home (see page 12). 

Download the official EPA brochure here.