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Lead Paint: EPA Contractor Certification Required.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | October 3, 2010

No. 512

If you are a landlord, you need to be aware that since April 2010 the EPA has required that you may only hire a contractor who has obtained an EPA certification to do repairs on properties built before 1978 that may be occupied by children.  Of course, you can do the work yourself without a certification and you can do a very small repair (the regs specify this in detail), but by and large you must ask any contractor you hire to work on a pre-1978 building for proof of certification. The fine for non-compliance is $37,500.00 per occurrence.

There are a handful of training organizations that have been doing land office business providing pre-certification classes.  Recently, the Community College of Allegheny County has joined this group. Training classes will be held at the CCAC/West Hills Center in Oakdale on October 22, November 22 and December 17.  The cost is $249.00, which CCAC says is significantly cheaper than other programs. The classes will run fron 7:30 AM to 5 PM each day and class space is limited to 25. Contact Marge Curtin at 412-788-7386.


CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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