Real Estate Term of the Day: Lead-Based Paint
LEAD-BASED PAINT – considered a hazardous material. It is potentially poisonous and its existence in property is to be disclosed to a buyer. Its presence is often difficult to determine because applications of lead-based paint may have been covered by more recent paint applications that are free of lead (Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate Terms)
Every purchaser of any interest in residential real property on which a residential dwelling was built prior to 1978 is notified that such property may present exposure to lead from lead-based paint that may place young children at risk of developing lead poisoning. Lead poisoning in young children may produce permanent neurological damage, including learning disabilities, reduced intelligence quotient, behavioral problems, and impaired memory. Lead poisoning also poses a particular risk to pregnant women. The Seller of any interest in residential real property is required to provide the buyer with any information on lead-based paint hazards from risk assessments or inspections in the Seller’s possession and notify the buyer of any known lead-based paint hazards. A risk assessment or inspection for possible lead-based paint hazards is recommended prior to purchase.
We are also required to provide the EPA’s Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home pamphlet explaining the dangers of lead in your home and how to protect your family from lead-based paint hazards