Determining the presence or absence of lead-based paint hazards is most important if you have children under 6 years of age or if you are pregnant or if you expect the apartment to be occupied by young children.
The best way to determine if your apartment has lead-based paint hazards that could be harmful to your child is to have a lead-based paint risk assessment done by a state-licensed professional. This includes measurements of lead in deteriorated paint, settled house dust on floors, window sills and window wells and bare soil. Some landlords may have had such assessments already done. You have the right to see the results of those assessments or to obtain one yourself before you become obligated under a rental lease or sales contract.
While the presence of lead based paint hazards is more likely in an older apartment, age alone is not necessarily the best predictor.
Landlords who advertise on this website may have completed risk assessments and mitigated any lead hazards and may have reported that their apartments are free of lead hazards or may have disclosed any previous lead measurement or mitigation results.
Yale has not measured the lead in apartments/buildings advertised on this site and that landlords are responsible for the accuracy of the reported statements.
For more information, you can call 800-424-LEAD or visit http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/healthy_homes/h…