The Lead Disclosure Rule

  • The Real Estate Notification and Disclosure Rule (Section 1018 of Title X) requires disclosure of the existence of lead-based paint in pre-1978 housing on sale or at time of lease in public and privately owned housing.
  • Ohio’s real estate disclosure law requires use of a property disclosure form for all residential real property transfers that includes the lead-based paint disclosure requirement

What are the Disclosure Rule requirements?

Before ratification of a contract for housing sale or lease, sellers and landlords must:

What types of housing are covered by the Disclosure Rule?

Most privately owned housing, public housing, federally owned housing, and housing receiving Federal assistance.

How long must disclosure records be kept?

Sellers and lessors must retain a copy of the disclosures for no less than three years from the date of sale or the date the leasing period begins.

How can I report violations of the Disclosure Rule?

If you did not receive the Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead-Based Paint Hazards form when you bought or leased pre-1978 housing, call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323). For more information, go to the National Lead Information Center.

Are there special Fair Housing requirements for housing providers about lead-based paint?

Yes, HUD has prepared special guidance for housing providers. For additional information on Fair Housing laws, see HUD’s resources on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

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