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 REALTOR.org.

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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.