As a landlord in MA, do I need to provide lead paint disclosure to my tenants?

Jim (Guest) on Wednesday, October 10 2012, 09:14 AM
I own a three family home in Somerville, MA and I have a new tenant. A friend of mine mentioned that he provided a lead paint disclosure to his tenant. Do I need to do this?
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    Replied by Attorney Marco Schiavo on Tuesday, October 16 2012, 11:33 AM · Hide · #1
    Yes. Federal law requires that property owners, property managers and real estate agents leasing or selling housing built before 1978 provide certain information to tenants and buyers, including: an EPA-approved lead hazard information pamphlet, called “Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home;” a lead warning statement; statements disclosing any known lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards; and copies of all available records or reports regarding lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards. This information must be provided to tenants and buyers before they enter into leases or purchase and sales agreements. Property owners, property managers and real estate agents equally share responsibility for providing lead disclosure information and must keep copies of records regarding lead disclosures for three years.
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