Lead paint can be a major health risk particularly for children. Lead paint was banned nationwide, for residential use, in 1978. Unfortunately, there are many houses which were built prior to 1978, which still contain lead paint.
One particular risk with lead based paint relates to chipping. Another risk is of dust from lead based paint. Anyone living in a older residence should have the paint tested for lead.
The law requires a landlord of a pre-1978 property to inform a tenant of known lead-based paint hazards. However, a landlord may not adequately test a potential rental unit for lead-based paint.
Prior to 1950, many residential units had been painted with paint having a high concentration of lead. Therefore, these units pose a particularly high risk of lead poisoning to tenants.
If you suspect that your housing unit has lead paint, it is very important to have the paint professionally tested. Lead paint removal can be very expensive, as special equipment is needed by construction workers during the removal process.
Lead poisoning can cause a variety of medical conditions including
*change in behavior
It is important to avoid exposure to lead based paints, including chips and dust. If you or someone you know has been exposed to lead, go to get medical care as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, or would like assistance, please feel free to contact
Attorney Robert M. Singer
2572 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518