New Lead Paint Renovation Rules

Real Estate Agent with William Raveis Real Estate and Home Services

The new EPA rules regarding renovation, repair and painting done on homes built before 1978 now require renovators and painting contractors to get certified with the EPA's new lead based work practices. Home owners are exempt.

We are being told it will not impact us. Right! How about the home owner who does the work them selves to save the cost and it comes out terrible? Try selling that house. Or, repair work that never does get done, because of the now increased price? Those energy saving windows will never get installed.

This new law is to protect children from the dust containing lead paint, but this law is over the edge. In this economy, it is really going to sting the contractors and home owners both! 

Comments (3)

Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

We just had NJAR's legal team give  a legislative update at our board a week ago, and this was one of the topics.  More fun for us to deal with!

May 06, 2010 03:55 AM
Herb Hamilton
RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors - Portland, OR
Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland


Like most things, over time the worry will disipate and become common place. It is all our responsibilities to be good stewards of our environment.

In many cases this is just not about a little dust. It is often about contractors who scrape and sand lead based paints and allow the dust and chips to fall to the ground and into the water table.

Rules and laws are put into place when common sense rules are ignored.

May 06, 2010 04:04 AM
David Obbee - Agoura Hills, CA

Deborah: I wonder if we'll see something similar down the road having to do with repairing Chinese drywall.  It's always a shame when a good idea (like no lead paint for kids) is enforced through extremes.  Hopefully the impact really will be minimal, while still getting rid of lead in homes where children are present.  Thanks for sharing!

May 06, 2010 04:06 AM