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08/05/2010

Are You Disclosing Lead Paint Information?

If the answer is no, be prepared to face stiff penalties

 

While lead paint was banned in 1978, it still exists in many buildings across the country.  Landlords and owners are legally responsible for notifying their tenants of this hazardous material. However, failure to do so is more trouble than it’s worth.

Take a recent case brought against a Boston landlord by the EPA. He’s facing $84,600 in fines for violations at multiple properties. According to the EPA’s records, the landlord neglected to:

1)    offer tenants information pamphlets and reports on lead paint

2)    include lead warning statements in leases

3)    supply a disclosure statement regarding lead-based paint/paint hazards or lack of knowledge thereof in leases

4)    provide lists of records pertaining to lead-based paint/hazards in leases

The federal Disclosure Rule requires that property owners, managers, and real estate agents leasing or selling housing built before 1978 to provide lead disclosure information to tenants and buyers before they enter into leases or purchase agreements. They also equally share responsibility for maintaining records regarding lead disclosures for up to three years.

Notifying tenants is crucial as lead paint has a variety of negative effects. For example, exposure in young children can cause developmental impairment, reading and learning disabilities, impaired hearing, reduced attention span, hyperactivity, and behavioral problems. Adults can also suffer from difficulties during pregnancy, high blood pressure, nerve disorders, memory problems and muscle and joint pain.

"By providing the required lead paint notification to renters, landlords help prevent lead poisoning because then families are aware of potential lead hazards in homes and they can make informed decisions," says Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England office.

For more information on lead paint disclosure, visit www.epa.gov/ne/enforcement/leadpaint/index.html

 

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04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
03/04/2014
NASCAR revealed five newly installed charging stations for employee use.
03/03/2014
In response to California’s worst drought on record, an overwhelming majority of voters favor strategies to stretch local water supplies, including recycling, rainwater harvesting, and efficiency measures, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
02/28/2014
The organizations released a letter urging the rejection of a proposal to repeal Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act.
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