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Lead Disclosure for Homebuyers and Identifying Poisoning Hazards

Clark Seif Clark provides testing and consulting services to help safeguard families and workers from lead and other exposure risks.

Chatsworth, CA – WEBWIRE

This type of disclosure for property buyers is critical since lead poisoning can cause permanent damage to the brain and many other organs.

To protect families from exposure to lead from paint, dust and soil, the U.S. Congress passed the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992. Also known as Title X, it directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require the disclosure of known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before the sale or lease of most housing built before 1978. That was the year when the federal government banned consumer uses of paints containing lead.
Several years after the passage of Title X, HUD and EPA released a fact sheet detailing the new disclosure requirements in which the agencies reported, “Approximately three-quarters of the nation’s housing stock built before 1978 (approximately 64 million dwellings) contains some lead-based paint.” Due to these lead exposure hazards and the passage of Title X, homebuyers today have important rights when it comes to knowing whether lead is present in a residence they may purchase.
Federal law currently requires that before being obligated under a contract to buy housing built prior to 1978, buyers must receive the following from the home seller:

  • An EPA-approved information pamphlet on identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards titled Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home.
  • Any known information concerning the presence of lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards in the home or building.
    1. For multi-unit buildings, this requirement includes records and reports concerning common areas and other units when such information was obtained as a result of a building-wide evaluation.

  • An attachment to the contract, or language inserted in the contract, that includes a “Lead Warning Statement” and confirms that the seller has complied with all notification requirements.
  • A 10-day period to conduct a paint inspection or risk assessment for lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards. Parties may mutually agree, in writing, to lengthen or shorten the time period for inspection. Homebuyers may waive this inspection opportunity.

“This type of disclosure for property buyers is critical since lead poisoning can cause permanent damage to the brain and many other organs,” said Franco Seif, President of Clark Seif Clark (CSC). “To identify lead hazards and to help keep individuals and companies in compliance with current disclosure regulations, CSC has teams of certified professionals available to evaluate homes and other buildings for the presence of lead-based paint and to perform lead risk assessments.”
CSC also recently sponsored an educational video about lead disclosures for homebuyers that can be seen at:
To learn more about lead or other environmental, building science, occupational, indoor air quality (IAQ), health and safety services, please visit, email or call (800) 807-1118. 
About Clark Seif Clark
CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both public and private sectors address IAQ, and environmental, health and safety (EH&S) issues. CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering, making them the preferred environmental consultants to industrial clients, healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.

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