(Updated March 2013)
For many years, lead-based paint was used almost universally in homes and apartment units in the U.S. until it was found to have detrimental impacts on human health, especially in children. As with any environmental hazard, lead-based paint testing, disclosure and liability are issues of serious concern to REALTORS®. The following articles, studies, websites, and other resources provide information on all aspects of lead-based paint for REALTORS® and property managers, including disclosure issues, impacts on the industry, and lead poisoning prevention. (A. Siudzniski, Senior Library Information Specialist)
Sample Lead Paint Disclosure Forms
Available in the Realtor.org Store
Lead-Based Paint Reference Guide, (Item #141-558).
Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home, (Item #141-40).
Lead Paint Disclosure Requirements
Real estate disclosure, (Environmental Protection Agency, Dec. 4, 2012).
The Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Rule, (U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Mar. 4, 2008)—HUD's website includes information on disclosure requirements under the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, with a summary of the rules, interpretive guidelines, and pamphlets and forms in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Arabic and Somali.
Lead Hotline: The National Lead Information Center, (EPA/CDC/HUD)—Provides the general public and professionals with information about lead hazards and their prevention.
HUD Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control, (U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development)—Features information on lead paint disclosure, a list of insurers offering lead liability coverage, technical studies, information and outreach materials, an extensive collection of articles, and more.
EPA Lead Awareness Program, (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)—Website provides basic information for consumers on lead and its hazards, plus ways to protect children and families.
CDC Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, (U.S. Centers for Disease Control)—Includes lead FAQs, publications on health effects of lead, and a section of lead-related data & statistics.
Lead, (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences—National Institutes of Health)—Information on environmental health effects of lead.
The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, (leadsafe.org).
Books, eBooks & Other Resources
The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
The New Handshake, (Adobe PDF eBook)
The Complete Book of Home Inspection (Adobe eReader)
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
The resources below are available for loan through Information Central. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance.
Brush with Death: A Social History of Lead Poisoning, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000). RA 1231 W37
Home Inspector's Guide to Training the Real Estate Professional: An Overview of the Home Inspection Process, (Hurricane Press, 1998). HD 1341 Sh8h
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The inclusion of links on this field guide does not imply endorsement by the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR makes no representations about whether the content of any external sites which may be linked in this field guide complies with state or federal laws or regulations or with applicable NAR policies. These links are provided for your convenience only and you rely on them at your own risk.