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Old 06-04-2009, 07:33 AM
 
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Could someone please explain the MA regulations for lead paint in older homes? I have two kids ages 2 and 5 and I'm getting some feed back about lead paint laws. Some people have been loathe to show me a place, given my kids' ages, due to the laws requiring total remediation?? Does this apply prior to renting to people with kids, or if paint is failing, or if problems are found with kids' blood levels after the fact (and so landlords would want to manage the risk). I'm having difficulty finding a house to rent, and want to know if I should take any house more than 30 years old off my list. Will landlords try to avoid renting to me, directly or indirectly?
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Old 06-08-2009, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Could someone please explain the MA regulations for lead paint in older homes? I have two kids ages 2 and 5 and I'm getting some feed back about lead paint laws. Some people have been loathe to show me a place, given my kids' ages, due to the laws requiring total remediation?? Does this apply prior to renting to people with kids, or if paint is failing, or if problems are found with kids' blood levels after the fact (and so landlords would want to manage the risk). I'm having difficulty finding a house to rent, and want to know if I should take any house more than 30 years old off my list. Will landlords try to avoid renting to me, directly or indirectly?
it's my limited understanding that a LL can NOT refuse to show or rent to you solely b/c you have kids and the house is not deleaded. if you qualify for the place on every other level, the LL is supposed to delead the place. please note I am not a lawyer and my understanding of that law isn't that great so you'll want to double and triple check this. I don't think the best way to start a new tenant-LL relationship is to force the LL to delead a house at huge cost to them. best bet for you is to look at newer constructions or places that specifically mention they are deleaded
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Dorchester, MA
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Hi, I have also been in this same situation, more so in Boston than in Western Mass (Northampton/Amherst area). My children are 4 years and 8 years and I have had landlords not show me apartments because it would've have been a waste of time if the apartment weren't going to be deleaded, not because I have small children.

Landlords are required by Mass housing laws to have their place deleaded if they will be renting to tenants who have children younger than the age of 6. Some landlords don't know their lead paint status and will still rent to people with younger children but most won't to avoid potential law suits.

Yes, you can look for apartments that specify that they are deleaded, but beware: the prices in rent will increase dramatically!

Good luck- I'm currently looking for a place myself!
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