New lead paint rules went into effect April 22

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on March 25, 2010. We’re re-publishing it due to reports of a large number of members being unfamiliar with the new rules.

According to NAR, new EPA rules about lead paint are set to go into effect on April 22, 2010.

To help you comply with the new rules, your friends at NAR have set up a Lead Paint Renovation Rule Compliance Guide at

cover the earthQuoth NAR:

This compliance guide provides information for REALTORS® on the EPA’s new Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The guide describes the new lead-based paint safety practices established by the rule, and what steps real estate agents, brokers, and property managers need to take to comply with the new procedures.

If the amount of information in this Lead Paint Renovation Rule Compliance Guide could be poured into a paint can, it would be enough to cover the earth, but here are the highlights:

Also, watch out for a legal update with VAR’s special counsel Lem Marshall coming to a town near you for an in-depth look at your (and your clients’) responsibilities under these new lead paint rules.

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4 Responses to New lead paint rules went into effect April 22

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  2. Nikki Smith says:

    Thanks for the 411. I’ve heard these rules apply to any activity or renovation that will disturb more than 6 square feet of lead-based paint in the interior and 20 square feet on the exterior, in a residential and multi-family structures.

  3. There are also situations (e.g., window replacement) that supercede these square footage rules. The square footage is computed within a 30-day period, so renovators cannot circumvent the rules by spreading out their work over a few days.

  4. What a great reason to contact your favorite B2B contacts in painting and construction: ask them if they’re aware of change and whether they’ve earned the EPA’s certification.

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