Lead Paint Rules

"Bring your paint brush and your lawyer - you will need both."

Landlords and homeowners face substantial amounts of red tape, thanks to the regulations set in by the EPA. The US Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) had issued a new rule on addressing lead-based paint during renovations. Adding to an already complex regulatory regime, this new set of rules governing lead-based paint, was implemented between June 23, 2008 and April 22, 2010; and was further amended in 2011. Covering the same ground as the repair and renovation portions of New York City’s Local Law 1 of 2004 (LL 1), but with different procedures and thresholds for applicability, the new rules created a confusing alternate scheme for treating lead-based paint during renovation and repair of homes, apartments and child-occupied facilities built prior to 1978.

CHPC has focused on creating briefings for all parts of the housing industry who will be affected by this complex rule adjustment.

Useful Links

Legal blog discusses the CHPC briefing paper

NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene article on Lead Paint

Paint & Sidewalk Liability Legislation Will Burden New York City Building Owners (Building Wire)

EPA Publications and information

HPD Publications and information

DOHMH Publications and information

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Inside Edge: EPA’s New Layer of Lead-Based Paint Rules

The US Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has just issued a new rule on addressing lead-based paint during renovations. Adding to an already complex regulatory regime, this new set of rules governing lead-based paint, phases in implementation between June 23, 2008 and April 22, 2010. This edition of The Inside Edge will focus on the rule’s application to residential housing (leaving aside its impact on child-occupied facilities).

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Inside Edge: New Federal Lead Rule Around the Corner

Seventeen years after the passage of the federal Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, the final pieces of the implementing regulations are about to go into effect.


Inside Edge: EPA’s New Layer of Lead-Based Paint Rules

The US Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has just issued a new rule on addressing lead-based paint during renovations. Adding to an already complex regulatory regime, this new set of rules governing lead-based paint, phases in implementation between June 23, 2008 and April 22, 2010.


Urban Prospect: Lead Problem Stymies Legislators

Uncertainty regarding lead paint liability has been a dark cloud hanging over the housing industry for several years. While the City Council and state legislature ponder the difficult issues involved, the legal and financial consequences for the city and for low-income housing are mounting inexorably.


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April 10, 2010 - by CHPC
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