Get the Lead Out

Home Improvement

The Lead Law in MA requires the removal or covering of lead paint hazards in homes built before 1978 where any children under six 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. For more information:

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/environmental-health/exposure-topics/lead/lead/massachusetts-lead-law-requirement.html

 

Lead Laws were updated in MA Dec 1st 2017. Google for new information. 

 

Homeowners, you need your Letter of Compliance certificate to prove compliance! Check your files! 

This didn't work out for my last client, they didn't have a copy of the certificate,  inspector was retired, moved to Florida,  and had no records. The state database does not keep a copy. Out of luck, must retest to certify compliance. Further they didn't pass this time. Keep your certificate. My understanding is that new, with 2017 regulations, they will be retesting anyway, since paint ages,  and the property compliance might change a few years later. 

This is the route: To get a copy of an inspection report or Letter of Compliance for a property, contact the inspector who did the inspection or issued the Letter of Compliance. To find an inspector’s phone number, click on the lead safe database link below, to see who was listed as your inspector.  If the inspector you need to contact is no longer licensed, please call 1-800-532-9571 to get the last known contact information for that inspector.

 You can look up the inspection history of a property by entering a street name or street name and number. This database will indicate whether a property has ever been inspected for lead, has had any lead hazards, or has a letter of compliance. If you property but believe it is inaccurate, there has been a lead inspection, please call the State at 1-800-532-9571  to better assist you. Remember you are calling the state of Massachusetts. Put on your patience hat. :-) 

https://eohhs.ehs.state.ma.us/leadsafehomes/default.aspx

 

 This is the property transfer document that you will be asked to sign, when you buy or sell a property. My understanding is that it will change spring 2018 as a result of new Dec 2017 regulations. 

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/environmental/lead/property-transfer-note.pdf