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Real estate 101: What is lead-based paint?


Lead-based paint was in widespread use before 1978 and poses a risk to homeowners and their families and pets. Federal law requires that in any real estate transaction involving the sale of a home that was built before 1978 the seller disclose this to the buyer in writing.  It also requires disclosure to the tenant in a rental property.

The EPA requires that their booklet be given to and read by the buyer, and that their form be filled out and signed by both seller and buyer.

For more information, visit the EPA website.