One of this year’s hottest topics amongst rehabbers and property owners has to be The Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. If you have been to REIA meetings in the last few months, one mention of “lead paint” leads to a digression lasting several minutes. Of course this is completely understandable, considering contractors who are not certified and are working on a house before 1978 could see fines of up to $37,500 a day! (And I thought the $1,000/day fine in NH for shutting off tenant’s cable was bad…)
The original deadline of April 22nd left contractors scrambling to get certified. As a result of many complaints that there are not enough trainers to meet the April deadline, the EPA is giving an extension. This decision simply gives firms more time to file needed paperwork to demonstrate they are following lead-safe work practices, as well as more time for contractors to enroll in and complete the required training courses.
So as of right now here’s what you need to know:
- Deadline to enroll is September 30th, and to complete training is December 31st
- EPA won’t be taking action against any company until October
- Contractors must still follow the safety precautions of the new rule, but companies have more time to complete the training courses and to file the paperwork
Visit the official EPA website for a breakdown of all the rules and regulations…by