Thursday, April 14, 2011

EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule


We pride ourselves on smoothly guiding our clients through the home buying process. We recently helped our buyers through an issue relating to the EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule which went into effect in April of 2010. The buyers’ sale was delayed for two months with good reason. During the escrow period, it was discovered that the sellers had their house repainted by a painting company that did not take all the precautions required under the new law. The painting company power washed the loose paint chips and dispersed them all over the property and into the neighbor’s yard, resulting in the neighbors filing insurance claims and lawsuits. We were able to bring all parties to the table and facilitated a satisfactory resolution and there was a happy ending to this story.
Note to Homeowners: Please be careful when having the exterior or interior of your old home (built prior to 1978) painted.
Call us for a copy of the EPAs Renovate Right brochure. 1 800 Hi Berkeley.

12 comments:

Charlesjmayer said...

It is not just painting contractors, any contractor that disturbes lead based paint has to be EPA certified to perform the work.

Berkhills Blogger said...

Thank you very much for clarifying this Charles. For anyone who does not know Charles Mayer, he is a very reputable Bay Area structural pest inspector: http://charlesjmayer.com. Many Berkeley Hills Realty agents recommend his work.

Las Vegas Foreclosures said...

All of this adds up to the very real possibility that the LRRP rules may be thrown out in the name of economic recovery. Last month, President Obama issued an executive order that called for a top-to-bottom review of federal regulations to get rid of rules that are outdated and harmful to the economy.

Berkhills Blogger said...

It will be an interesting regulation to review. It is a new regulation, so it won't be thrown out because it is outdated. And, any harm to the economy will have to be weighed against the health hazards the rule intends to address. It is also not a simple argument to make that it is harmful to the economy-- as it creates new jobs and associated fees.

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