If you have an older apartment or rental unit, built before 1978, then you may have a lead problem. Because lead is known to cause lead poisoning which can lead to numerous health problems, landlords are required to disclose any lead issues your unit may have to prospective renters. In fact it’s not just a good idea, it’s the law, known as Title X.
Title X requires that you must inform all renters of the lead concerns before they sign a lease. You’re also required to provide this information to current tenants before you renew a lease. To prove that you’ve informed your tenants the EPA has a form that both you and the tenant are required to sign. For more information and a copy of the Title X form, visit the official EPA Website for Lead Disclosures. The form needs to be kept on file for at least three years, but it’s a good idea to keep it throughout the tenant’s entire stay in your property.
In addition to the Title X disclosure form, you are also required to give your tenants an EPA Pamphlet entitled Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home.
It may seem like busy work and more paperwork that you don’t really need, but failure to comply can mean a $10,000 fine and if your tenant or their child ends up with health problems due to lead poisoning you could be hit with treble damages.