How does deleading work when you're already in the apartment?
March 30, 2014 5:01 PM Subscribe
We live in an apartment in Massachusetts and are expecting a baby four months in the future. We think the apartment may not be deleaded. I know that a landlord is legally obligated to delead
an apartment that a child will live in, and I assume that covers the case in which a child appears after the lease has started. If that's the case, how does deleading work when tenants are already living in the apartment, and is it logistically feasible for us to go through that process?
posted by ignignokt to Law & Government (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The lease looks standard, but there is nothing on it about lead. Also, the building is very old and has chipping thresholds. So, we think this place may not be deleaded. We're going to ask our landlord explicitly.
But if it is indeed a leaded apartment, how does deleading work in a practical sense? I guess within recent years, the law has allowed for "Interim Control," which sounds like it may be sealing the lead with special paint
. If that's the case, for how long would we typically have to vacate the premises? Is it a huge hassle on par with moving out of the apartment?
Also, am I correct in that it is a health issue that comes into play once the baby starts moving on his own accord? Or is inhalation a real risk if there's chipped paint anywhere in the apartment? If so, is it also a risk to a pregnant mother and fetus? Should we be getting tests done? If so, how?
Thanks for reading through all of the branches of this question!