...which deals with Lead-Based Paint disclosures and inspection documentation reviewed during REAC Inspections. In this notice, HUD reminds us all of the dangers of lead poisoning, especially to young children. Lead poisoning has been linked to neurological and mental development issues, and possibly the most tragic part of lead poisoning is that is entirely preventable.
As part of the effort to reduce exposure to Lead Based Paint, HUD REAC has reviewed documentation as part of their inspections to determine the existence of lead-based paint inspection reports and lead-based paint disclosures. The rules for when this is applicable have been refined as part of this Memorandum.
For properties constructed prior to 1978 (Major rehab date does not negate this, the original construction date is the only date used for this determination), if the REAC inspector is not provided lead risk assessment reports, Lead Risk Assessment, or inspection records and lead-based paint disclosures, then the Owner/Agent will have to provide copies of these inspections to the HUD Field Office after the REAC Inspection.
It has also been clarified that there are properties that are exempt from the Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR). These properties include:
The following detailed explanation is part of the HUD Notice:
If you have a property that was constructed prior to 1978, you should ensure that you have this documentation available before your next REAC inspection. While there are no points deducted for this category, you will have to resolve this issue with either REAC or your HUD Field Office. It is also important to reinforce that this is an important health hazard, and for owners and agents who manage housing, it is vital that these risks are eliminated.
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