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Old 11-11-2012, 04:55 PM
 
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I signed a one-year lease agreement in which the property manager indicated that he was not aware of any lead-based paint issues. Well, with the change in weather and varying heat inside, the paint is peeling around the window sills and doors. I decided to buy one of those LeadCheck kits and the test results were quite positive for lead.

I don't have any children, but I do have a dog and I am concerned about lead exposure for both of us. I'm about six months into my lease and now I'm a little panicked about this lead issue. Maybe I am over-reacting, but I want to break my lease and move into a place that tests negative for lead.

Any thoughts?

Thank you!
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:12 PM
 
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I signed a one-year lease agreement in which the property manager indicated that he was not aware of any lead-based paint issues. Well, with the change in weather and varying heat inside, the paint is peeling around the window sills and doors. I decided to buy one of those LeadCheck kits and the test results were quite positive for lead.

I don't have any children, but I do have a dog and I am concerned about lead exposure for both of us. I'm about six months into my lease and now I'm a little panicked about this lead issue. Maybe I am over-reacting, but I want to break my lease and move into a place that tests negative for lead.

Any thoughts?

Thank you!
I don't know about the dog, but unless you are going to go around chewing on the paint flakes, you won't get any lead exposure. Unless you sand or otherwise work on the paint and that without a mask, it just won't get you. Lead paint isn't THAT wildly reactionary or toxic. Years ago little kids got lead poisoning because they'd sit there eating the flakes. Unless you're going to do likewise I wouldn't break the lease.

As for the dog, I don't know for sure, but none of my dogs ever chewed on paint unless it was on some kind of toy it could get in its mouth.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:43 PM
 
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Lead will definitely lower your IQ if you eat it. Your grades in elementary school will suffer.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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Don't eat the paint chips, although, they are quite tasty...
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:35 AM
 
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Are you looking for an excuse to break the lease? (just checking) There was a show on TruTV about a child who ate paint chips and died. This occurred in Manchester, NH. If deer can read signs telling them where to cross the road, then maybe your dog can read a sign that says, "Do not eat or lick the paint." (maybe the deer were just looking at the pictures) What parent would allow their child to sit around and eat paint chips?
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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I signed a one-year lease agreement in which the property manager indicated that he was not aware of any lead-based paint issues. Well, with the change in weather and varying heat inside, the paint is peeling around the window sills and doors. I decided to buy one of those LeadCheck kits and the test results were quite positive for lead.

I don't have any children, but I do have a dog and I am concerned about lead exposure for both of us. I'm about six months into my lease and now I'm a little panicked about this lead issue. Maybe I am over-reacting, but I want to break my lease and move into a place that tests negative for lead.

Any thoughts?

Thank you!
EVERY older house has lead paint in it. Since you don't have children, I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Limestone
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Lead paint is not like asbestos, asbestos can be inhaled from the air where as lead paint can't, unless of course as pointed out you sand it then it can be inhaled.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Union, ME
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Paint over it - don't sand it, just paint over it. Bury the evil stuff ...
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Did you receive any lead paint disclosure as required for rentals in the State of Maine? Landlord Obligations and Information

Anyone can break a lease - you just have to be prepared to pay the consequences. I don't think your situation would render a finding in your favor if the LL took you to court, but you never know.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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Are you looking for an excuse to break the lease? (just checking) There was a show on TruTV about a child who ate paint chips and died. This occurred in Manchester, NH. If deer can read signs telling them where to cross the road, then maybe your dog can read a sign that says, "Do not eat or lick the paint." (maybe the deer were just looking at the pictures) What parent would allow their child to sit around and eat paint chips?
No, Mainegrl2011, I am not looking for a reason to break the lease. I am just concerned about the peeling paint and wondering if it is creating lead dust. Like I said, I am probably being overly concerned. That's why I posted the question. Thanks for the reply, though.
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