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Know About Lead When Purchasing or Renting a Home

According to federal law, if you buy or rent a home built before 1978, you have the right to know if the seller or landlord has information about whether the home contains lead-based paint or any lead poisoning hazards.  The seller, landlord or sales agent must give you the EPA pamphlet "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home." They must tell you what is known about the presence of lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards in the home and give you any relevant records or reports.

The Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Rule (Exit DHS) Federal law requires that the seller, landlord, or sales agent of a property provide a copy of the pamphlet "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (see Additional Resources)" and disclose to potential buyers or renters any known lead hazards. A disclosure form must be signed by the potential buyer or the tenant at the lease signing. The forms are available on the EPA website for target housing sales (Exit DHS; PDF, 164 KB) and rentals (Exit DHS; PDF, 163 KB).

Certified Company Wisconsin maintains a list of people trained and certified to perform lead investigations to identify lead hazards before the sale of the property.

Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Rules There are 3 Wisconsin regulations, which will assist the property owner or tenant with lead-based paint issues - Wisconsin Administrative Code 134, Wisconsin Statute Chapter 704, and Wisconsin Statute Chapter 709.

Wisconsin FrontDoor Housing (Exit DHS) Search for rental housing in Wisconsin. It includes property details about the house being lead-safe or built prior to 1978.

Additional Resources

Fact Sheet: EPA and HUD Move to Protect Children from Lead-Based Paint Poisoning; Disclosure of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing (Exit DHS; PDF, 31 KB)

"Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home" in English (Exit DHS; PDF, 662 KB), Spanish (Exit DHS), Vietnamese (Exit DHS; PDF, 936 KB), Russian (Exit DHS; PDF, 664 KB), Arabic (Exit DHS) and Somali (Exit DHS; PDF 281 KB)


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Last Revised: December 19, 2013