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January 30, 2006 7:30 AM Subscribe
De-leaded Apartments in Boston: What's the Scoop?
posted by mds35 to home & garden (8 answers total)
We're moving to Boston at the end of February. This is our first apartment search since we've become parents and now we have the added hassle of finding an apartment that has been de-leaded. It was never a concern before because neither of us eat paint chips or chew on windowsills, but we have to look out for our little guy now.
We'd like to find a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment in Jamaica Plain or Brookline, preferrably in an old 2- or 3-family house. Judging by the what we're seeing on Craigslist, the lead-free pickings may be slim.
So here are my questions:
1) Any tips for finding de-leaded apts in Boston?
2) Is there a law requiring landlords to lease only "certified" de-leaded apts to families with infants?
3) Are we gonna have to settle for an ugly charmless apartment in a new building?
4) Are there de-leaded apartments that not certified but that are are nonetheless lead-free enough for us to occupy without hurting my kid's chances at someday getting into Harvard?