Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Buyer, Sellers, Investors, Agents are you aware of the new rules for RRP?

Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP), is the new federally mandated program to deal with lead paint in homes built primarily prior to 1978 or that used certain paint after 1978. The program is effective as of April 22, 2010. It’s important that contractors, real estate agents, Investors, Buyers and Sellers be aware of the rules and the requirements. Failure understand the law could result in a fine of up to $37,500 per day, per violation!

The basic requirement is that work in homes containing lead paint be done by a Certified Renovator. And, it isn’t enough that a contractor be certified, the work must be continually supervised by someone who has taken a HUD approved training course. Spot testing for lead paint must also be done by a Certified Renovator. There are exemptions but you have to know the rules to stay clear of the fines

It is estimated that 35 million homes in the U. S. contain lead paint.

While the EPA has produced a booklet, “Renovate Right,” to address the issues and requirements of the new program, agents are still required to provide the EPA pamphlet, “Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home,” as a part of the lead hazard disclosure in sales and leases. And those agents who are involved in property management or who recommend contractors, should be familiar with the new rules in order to confirm compliance with RRP.

Those whose business involves homes that may contain lead paint should familiarize themselves with RRP to avoid fines and potential lawsuits.

For a no cost copy of the EPA/HUD booklet describing the program, and
Additional information is available through: National Center for Healthy Housing,

The free pamplet is available here

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