New federal law affects remodels of older homes

Reblogger David Popoff
Real Estate Broker/Owner with DMK Real Estate Ct RE Broker 0789963

Cheri, Thanks for this Blog, Every home owner should be aware of this new law on lead paint and renovations of homes built before 1978 !!!!


Visit EPA's webpage on RRP for more information  


Original content by Cheri Smith 200510126

A new federal law went into effect on April 22, 2010, that affects all homes built prior to 1978. That's over half of all homes in the U.S., including about 33,000 here in Central Oregon. The new EPA "Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule" or "RRP", is intended to protect U.S. citizens from the health hazards associated with construction work around lead-based paint. (The EPA estimates that about half of all homes built prior to 1978 contain lead-based paint. Lead was banned as an ingredient in household paint in 1978.)

The new RRP rule is complex, but the key points are as follows:

  • Effective April 22, 2010, all contracting firms disturbing painted surfaces or replacing windows in pre-1978 homes must be EPA certified and must have at least one employee additionally certified as a Certified Renovator. (I have a list of Certified Renovators.)
  • The contractor is required to provide the customer with a copy of the EPA, "Renovate Right" brochure, prior to beginning the renovation.
  • All work must be conducted using EPA designated lead-safe work practices, including approved warning posters, dust containment, paint removal methods, cleanup and disposal.
  • The Certified Renovator must keep detailed documentation on file for three years to prove compliance with all RRP requirements.
  • The EPA can seek penalties of up to $37,500 per day against a contractor for noncompliance with the RRP rule.

The following situations are exempt from the RRP rule:

o Homeowners doing their own work on their own home.
o Contractors disturbing less than 6 square feet of interior paint per room or 20 square feet of exterior paint.
o The portion of the house to be renovated is tested and found to be lead free by a Certified Lead-Based Paint Risk Assessor, Certified Lead-Based Paint Inspector, or Certified Renovator.

How the New RRP Rule Affects Homebuyers
Homebuyers considering a pre-1978 home have always had to consider the possibility of lead-based paint and its associated health risks. The RRP rule now adds a cost consideration. Many buyers of older homes do so with plans to renovate or repaint. Contractors performing this work will now have added costs to comply with the RRP and these costs will be passed on to the customer. The EPA has estimated the additional cost to the contractor will be around $35, but most contractors I've talked to say that's unrealistically low and expect the actual cost increase to be in the hundreds on small projects and easily above a thousand dollars on large projects like kitchen remodels or exterior house painting. Homebuyers planning large renovation projects would be smart to get written estimates from EPA certified contractors prior to purchase.

Thanks to Pillar to Post Professional Home Inspection in Bend, OR for this informative summary.



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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Yes, this is very important, esp in our area where there are lots of older homes.  Critical when hiring painter or General Contractor, in particular.  And, the fines can be extremely steep for both contractor and homeowner - I think over $32,000 per day.

David - If you ever need a reco on a good contractor in the area who is lead paint certified, just let me know.  I know many in Westchester/Fairfield area.

Aug 06, 2010 04:54 AM #1
Mike Cathell
Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC - Fort Myers, FL
Real Estate Investing for Real People

Good information, David,  I'll pass this on to my clients.  Unfortunately, I am in Florida where not even home inspectors need to be certified.

Aug 06, 2010 04:57 AM #2
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Great post, David.   I would love to pass this on to a client who is getting ready to think about a little bit of fixing ... with your permission, of course.

Aug 06, 2010 05:59 AM #3
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

It's a public can share anything...the RRP blog was a re-blog.... Go to the EPA website for more info on the rules   ~ Dave

Aug 06, 2010 07:30 AM #4
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