Vermont's Lead Law requires that landlords who own
properties built before 1978 conduct several Essential
Maintenance Practices (EMPs) to reduce the hazards of
lead paint poisoning:
Attend a training program approved by the Vermont
Department of Health to learn about their legal responsibilities,
how to do EMPs, and how to safely stabilize deteriorating
Inspect all interior and exterior surfaces and fixtures.
Safely stabilize or remove lead-based paint if more
than one square foot of deteriorated lead-based paint
is found on the interior of the apartment or on an
exterior porch. This must be done within 30 days after
the landlord sees the paint or is notified of the
Install window well inserts.
Post a written notice notifying tenants of the importance
of promptly reporting deteriorated paint.
At a change of tenants, clean all the window wells
and sills tenants have access to, and clean all horizontal
surfaces except ceilings. This must be in a manner
approved by the VT Dept. of Health, which at this
time means using high-phosphate soap and HEPA vacuum
Clean all window wells and windowsills annually
if a child age 6 or under lives in the rental unit.
Annually inspect the premises, and notify their
insurers that the EMPs are completed.
Give all current or potential tenants written information
about lead paint poisoning hazards. Under federal
regulations, the property owner must disclose any
known lead paint poisoning hazards.
For more information on both State of Vermont and Federal Lead Laws, go to the Vermont Tenants Site.
For more information, manually type in this address: firstname.lastname@example.org; call 802-828-3250, or write:
VHCB, 58 East State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
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