Don's Home Places California North Central Bay Area San Francisco Lead Paint

In 1978, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission enacted federal legislation
that banned toxic lead-based paint in consumer products.

Despite legislation to minimize harmful exposure to renters and homeowners,
there is no law requiring California landlords to get rid of lead-based paint in
their rental properties. Before renting the unit, the landlord must present a
written disclosure to prospective tenants detailing any known lead-based paint
on the property. The landlord is also required to provide a pamphlet from the 
federal government on lead poisoning prevention. The lease agreement must 
contain legally appropriate wording that warns of the presence of lead-based 
paint. If the property was built after 1978, the law does not require landlords 
to test for the presence of lead-based paint.

Lead Paint Hazards on Your Property | SF Department of Public Health

Resources for help in San Francisco: The Housing Rights Committee - - (415) 703-8644 said to call the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) 415 558-6220. Code Enforcement Outreach Program (CEOP) at the Department of Building Inspection (DBI), Code Enforcement Outreach Program (CEOP) at the Department of Building Inspection (DBI), Lead Abatement Section (LAS) - 415 558-6598 San Francisco Tenants Union may be able to help. $45 to join San Francisco Health Code prohibits property owners to allow lead hazards on their property. If you see badly damaged paint on the exterior or interior of a house, call the SF Department of Public Health (SFDPH)- Childhood Lead Prevention Program (CLPP) at (415) 252-3956 8:30 - 5:30 M-F. Property owners will be required by CLPP to safely repair any hazards that have been identified. Childhood Lead Prevention Program (CLPP) at (415) 252-3956 8:30 - 5:30 M-F
Legal: What Are the Landlord's Responsibilities to Get Rid of Lead Paint? | SF Gate
says, "If landlords wish to renovate rental properties built before 1978, there are certain new laws they must follow. In 2010, federal legislation known as the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, was enacted. Backed by the Environmental Protection Agency, it requires renovators to receive mandatory licensing in lead-based paint removal. California requires landlords to use contractors and painters who are certified in in this specialized process." Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home - Real Estate Disclosure | US EPA At Millar & Associates - Practice Areas - Landlord-Tenant they say to landlords, "To ensure your tenants' health and protect yourself from potential liability, you should send a professional to inspect the unit for existing dangers presented by the lead paint and asbestos. A professional is not your regular handyman, but instead refers to an inspector certified by the health department, the EPA or other equally reputable hazard-control organization. If the lead and/or asbestos constitute a health hazard, and deferred maintenance by the landlord caused or contributed to the existence of this hazard, the costs for remediation cannot be passed through to the tenant. The landlord also must provide relocation expenses to tenants displaced during the remediation, and must complete all repairs within 30 days." Housing Rights Committee of SF ( - Tenant Info: Repairs - Implied Warranty "The law does not require landlords to repaint apartments. However, if the paint in your apartment is lead based and is peeling or chipping off the walls, a DBI Inspector may require your landlord to repaint." Legal Reasons to Break an Apartment Lease | SF Gate "You can legally break your lease if health and safety issues persist over a period of time. These issues can range from exposed wiring, fire danger, mold and pest infestation to lead paint in your dwelling, a structural hazard, inadequate sanitation or a nuisance that endangers the health, life, safety, property or welfare of the occupants or the public. A landlord must be given reasonable notice to repair or remedy the defects, however, before you can abandon the unit. If problems such as these are not corrected by the landlord in a reasonable amount of time, you may be able to break the lease legally. Gordon Property Management Blog ( thinking-about-renting-out-your-home-in-san-francisco-here-is-what-you-need-to-know/) There are actually 15 "Just Causes" to terminate a tenancy in San Francisco. As noted by the San Francisco Tenant Union. Lead paint is one. San Francisco Tenants Union (SFTU) The landlord seeks in good faith to temporarily recover possession of the unit for less than 30 days solely for the purpose of abating lead paint problems, as required by the San Francisco Health Code. The tenant has a right to relocation benefits.
Lead Paint abatement: San Francisco Lead Law - Procedures for safe abatement SF Apartment Association (SFAA) | Removing Lead Paint Legally | by Fredrik Emilson | July 2006 Requirements for abatement Lead paint inside kitchen cabinets - Old House Forum - GardenWeb If kitchen cabinets are attached to the wall, with no back, make sure the wall has been painted over so old lead paint is not exposed. See Lead Paint in health

last updated 16 May 2014