You may not be aware of the tough new laws that went into effect in April 2010. If you rent or own a home built prior to 1978 there are new tough regulations by the EPA that are now Federal law. In summary, if you break the surface of the paint in an area larger than six feet the paint must be tested and the paint/repair work is regulated. The fine for noncompliance is $37,500.
This new law affects thousands of homeowners in Washington, both commercial and residential, including rental property. Know the facts and read the EPA regulations and how they now affect you at http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm.