What rental units does it apply to?
- All rental units which:
- Were built before 1978
- Are not restricted to occupancy by elderly and disabled
- Are one bedroom or larger
- Have not been determined lead-free by a certified lead inspector
When does the rule become effective?
- September 6, 1996 for owners of more than four residential dwelling units
- December 6, 1996 for owners of one to four residential dwelling units.
What does the rental property owner have to do?
In conjunction with any new lease-up and any lease renewal or amendment, the property owners must:
- Provide the tenant with a copy of the EPA pamphlet Protect Your Family From Lead in the Home
- Disclose to the tenant and any agent the presence of known lead paint or lead paint hazards in the unit
- Provide a written copy of any reports about lead paint in the unit
- Attach to the lease agreement a dated lead disclosure form (pdf) executed by the property owner, the tenant and any agent, which includes:
- A EPA/HUD required warning statement
- A statement disclosing known lead paint or a statement that the landlord has no knowledge of any records.
- A statement from the renter that the necessary information has been received.
- When an agent is involved, a statement that the agent has informed the landlord of the required obligations to disclose and is aware of the agent’s responsibilities for compliance with the law.
The landlord and agent must retain copies of the lead disclosure form for at least three years
For further information contact:
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05402