I try to keep up with changes in legislation that effect my business. And there are typically MANY of them on the local, state and national levels. But this one slipped by me.
According to the EPA’s web site, as of April 1, 2010 “Renovations in target (pre-1978) housing and child-occupied facilities must be conducted by certified renovation firms, using renovators with accredited training, and following the work practice requirements of the rule.”
WHAT!? This is HUGE!! And I live in a fairly “young” city. Many of my fellow Realtors live in city’s where a large majority of the homes were built prior to 1978.
Why do I care? Well…because it seems to me that this will surely increase the cost of renovation. The paperwork alone will increase the amount contractors will have to charge. Here is a link to the form “FUTURE SAMPLE RENOVATION RECORDKEEPING CHECKLIST”. http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/samplechecklist.pdf .Take a minute to take a look at this. WOW…it is REALLY involved.
They go on to say “Renovation firms must be certified by April 2010 to work in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools.”
A few states have been early adopters to administer and enforce a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program. Personally, here in Arizona, I have heard nothing about it at all.
Ok…I do not work with a lot of renovations personally…but it would be something I would want my clients to be aware of if they are adding a room or even removing a wall. The new law states that it applies to any project that includes repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint.
I, myself, have removed several walls in investment properties and even my own home without a care to lead based paint. Will I suffer long term consequences? Maybe…but so far I am not aware of any.
I am not saying I am for or against this new law. I am just saying I think they have done a poor job of getting the word out. Or…maybe I just have not been paying attention?
For a full rundown of the law you can check this out http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm.