Lead Based Paint

Sellers Must Disclose Lead-Based Paint and Hazards. If you are selling a house built before 1978, you must comply with the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (U.S. Code §4852d), also known as Title X.

You must disclose all known lead-based paint and hazards in the house, give buyers a pamphlet prepared by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home, include certain warning language in the contract as well as signed statements from all parties verifying that all requirements were completed, keep signed acknowledgements for three years as proof of compliance, and give buyers a ten-day opportunity to test the housing for lead.

If you fail to comply with Title X requirements, the buyer can sue you for triple the amount of damages.

For more information on lead hazards, prevention and disclosures, contact the National Lead Information Center by phone at (800) 424-LEAD, or check their website at The National Lead Information Center.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pamphlet: Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home.