Renovate Right: New EPA requirements for Renovations of pre-1978 Properties (Information given in Spanish also)

Real Estate Agent with The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI 53123-94

 EPA Publishes New Lead Paint Rule   New Rule Affects Pre-1978 Buildings

It is impoprtant for all homeowners, contrators and  Realtors to know these new rules if you are thinking of renovating any  building 32 year old or older.

Click here to see larger photo of the Renovate Right Booklet.

EPA740K - Renovate Right Booklet


NEW EPA Booklet EPA-740-K-10-001
April 2010

This book is for all Contractors who perform Renovation, Repairs, or Painting on homes or buildings built prior to 1978 must provide Owners, Tenants, and Child-Care facilities with a copy of EPA's Lead Hazard Information Pamphlet. Renovate Right has important lead hazard information.
This is an 16 page booklet printed in color on enameled paper. This is the latest version released.

Excerpts from Ada Duffey with the Milwaukee Lead & Asbestos Information Center, Inc.; Published: 1/12/2009

As of March 31, 2008, the EPA has published a new lead paint rule. The rule contains important new requirements for renovators of pre-1978 property and all rental property owners of pre-1978 property. The new rule applies to all pre-1978 rental property, pre-1978 day care centers, and pre-1978 kindergarten buildings.

Children under the age of six are especially susceptible to the health effects of lead. Lead can cause learning disabilities and interfere with brain development. Seventy-five percent of houses built before 1978 contain lead paint. Varnish can also contain lead. A major source of children's exposure to lead is from dust, not necessarily eating paint chips.

Existing Rules:


Since 1996 home sellers and residential property owners have been required to hand out the pamphlet "Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home" at the time of sale or at the beginning of the lease.

Since 1999, renovators have been required to hand out the "Protect Your Family..." booklet when disturbing more than 2 square feet of residential property.

There are numerous types of residential grant programs that require lead safe work practices.

Summary of New Rules:

Beginning in June 2008 a "Renovate Right" brochure can now be handed out before renovation to child-occupied facilities, which includes day care centers and kindergartens in addition to residential properties, prior to renovation.

Beginning in April 2010, renovations in all pre-1978 residential property and child-occupied facilities will require the use of lead-safe work practices, the presence of a person on the crew that has completed a one-day Lead Safe Work class and the requirement for a cleaning verification.

Certified Renovator - one per crew that has completed a one-day Lead Safe Work class - trained maintenance personnel and contractors

Lead Safe Work Practices - with the use of HEPA vacuums *Dust Control *Notification - to tenants and occupants

New EPA Rule: Renovation Repair and Painting; Barbara Chatterton, The Stark COmpany, Middleton WI

What You Should Do:

If you recommend contractors, make sure they have a Lead Safe Renovator on staff.

Inform homeowners that any last minute repairs to the home should be conducted in a lead safe manner so that a lead hazard is not created and delays the sale of the property.

Additional Resources:

Environmental Protection Agency - <>

Housing and Urban Development - <>

Wisconsin Department of Health - <>

Milwaukee Lead & Asbestos Information Center, Inc. - <>

Milwaukee Lead & Asbestos Information Center, Inc. provides over 95 percent of all lead paint training in Wisconsin. They can be reached at 414-481-9070, or on the Web at <>.

Refer to Legal Update 08.10, "Lead-Based Paint Renovations, Repairs, and Painting" at

Información Básica

Datos acerca del plomo

Efectos a la salud causados por el plomo Dónde se encuentra el plomo Dónde es probable que el plomo sea un peligro Verificando el nivel de plomo en su familia y casa Lo que usted puede hacer para proteger a su familia ¿Está planeando comprar, alquilar o renovar una casa construida antes de 1978? Remodelando, reparando o pintando una casa, guardería infantil o escuela que contenga pintura a base de plomo Otros folletos de la EPA sobre el plomo

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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Old * I mean OLD news * the deadline to sign up for couse is the END of September, 2010 and obtaining certification is the end of December.  Please correct this information

Aug 14, 2010 05:27 AM #1
Barbara Chatterton
The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI - Madison, WI
Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor

Thank you very much Wallace.  Please click on her link above.   It is still very important to hand out the new brochure and to be assured that the proper certification is met before renovations are made.

Aug 14, 2010 05:38 AM #2
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

This might be old news to some but the majority of home owners have no idea and the majority of contractors are not practicing it, just drove by a 100 year old house getting sanded like crazy with no protection. We as Realtors need to get the word out !!!  Thanks Dave

Aug 14, 2010 06:16 AM #3
Barbara Chatterton
The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI - Madison, WI
Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor

Thanks, Dave. It is an ongoing process and we need to educate in so many ways, especially when young children are so affected.

Some of the worst contractor offenses are not contractors at all, but inexperienced, enthusiastic handyman-types who just jump in and offer to do odd jobs on the cheap and take advantage of uninformed homeowners with limited income.

Aug 14, 2010 07:22 AM #4
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Barbara, You are doing a wonderful job of informing your readers of things they need to know and good market reports too.

Anyone in the Middleton Wisconsin area needing a real estate agent should call you.  I would if I was there. 


Aug 15, 2010 04:05 AM #5
Barbara Chatterton
The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI - Madison, WI
Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor

Judi, thank you so much!

I would be so honored to take a referral from you any time!  They would get the best service and a few laughs  along the way, too. Give me a call, if you run into someone and I will also send any buyers your way in a heartbeat.  Happy Sunday!

Aug 15, 2010 10:26 AM #6
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Thank you for posting about this, Barbara.  Don't let anyone tell you it isn't important or characterize it as "old news".  Many in our industry still aren't aware of the new requirements and it's important to remind all of the change.

Aug 15, 2010 05:16 PM #7
Barbara Chatterton
The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI - Madison, WI
Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor

Thanks, Eric!  Besides, I am not, like most of us, quite up to reading 188,000 blogs every day to find out every single fact the second it is released.  As David pointed out, it is so easy to see violations along these lines, intentional or not.

Aug 15, 2010 06:02 PM #8
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