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For Tenants

If you are considering renting or buying a home built before 1978, you should be aware of the risks of lead poisoning and the laws that exist to protect you and your family.

  • Lead paint can be found on walls, ceilings, window sills, outside paint/porches, metal and wood railings, and doors/door frames. If you suspect that there is a lead-based paint hazard in your current residence, don’t try to remove old paint or plaster yourself. Contact your local health department or call the Alabama Lead Contractors Certification Program (1-800-819-7644) for advice on how to handle poisonous lead-based paint problems.
  • Federal law requires landlords and sellers to provide information about known lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards prior to leasing or selling. A disclosure form about lead-based paint should be included in the lease or sales contract. Additionally, buyers are allowed up to ten days to check for lead hazards.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s Pre-Renovation Education Program requires contractors to provide residents with information on lead prior to renovating housing units that were built prior to 1978.

For more information on lead regulations and legislation, visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Page last updated: February 5, 2024