Lead Disclosure Rule
The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, commonly known as Title X, went into effect in 1996 and requires the disclosure of known lead hazards, the distribution of an EPA pamphlet, and specific language in a contract each time a pre-1978 property is sold or rented. Buyers are allowed 10 days to conduct an evaluation for lead before they are obligated under a contract.
Federally Backed Mortgages
While Title X requires disclosure, there are regulations that also require lead inspections and risk assessments on all Federally backed mortgages (like FHA, and VA loans) and all project-based Federal Assistance over $5,000.
For a copy of the Environmental Protection Agency pamphlet, Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home, sample disclosure forms, or the rule itself, call the National Lead Information Center
(NLIC) at (800) 424-5323, or TDD (800) 526-5456 for the hearing impaired. You may also send your request by fax to (202) 659-1192 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The EPA pamphlet and rule
also are available electronically and may be accessed through the Internet.