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Renters at Risk

Each year, hundreds of Vermont kids get lead poisoning and 75% of them live in rental homes. That's because the vast majority of Vermont's rental properties were built before 1978, the year lead paint was banned in the U.S. As a result, most rental properties in Vermont likely contain lead paint.

Vermont law requires that landlords perform specific Essential Maintenance Practices (EMPs) to minimize the risk of lead exposure. If you suspect your landlord is not meeting these requirements, there are several steps you can take.

  • Send a letter alerting your landlord to the risk and his/her obligations under the law (a form letter is available at Vermont Tenants Inc.)
  • Contact the Vermont Department of Health. With a simple written request, the Department will send your landlord a letter about doing the EMPs.
  • Have your children screened for lead. For more information on lead screening, contact the Vermont Department of Health.
  • For your own safety, follow the cleaning procedures outlined above on a regular basis.
  • If your child is severely poisoned, consult a lawyer regarding legal action.
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