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Cindy Sellers
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Can you explain the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rules?

REALTORS® and property managers should make themselves aware of the requirements in the RRP Rule. Under the RRP rules, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
Property owners who renovate, repair, or prepare surfaces for painting in pre-1978 rental housing or space rented by child-care facilities must, before beginning work, provide tenants with a copy of EPA's lead hazard information pamphlet Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools. Owners of these rental properties must document compliance with this requirement.
Property owners who perform these projects in pre-1978 rental housing or space rented by child-care facilities must be certified and follow the lead-safe work practices required by EPA's Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. To become certified, property owners must submit an application for firm certification and fee payment to EPA.
Property owners who perform renovation, repairs, and painting jobs in rental property should:
Take training to learn how to perform lead-safe work practices.
Learn the lead laws that apply to you regarding certification and lead-safe work practices.
Keep records to demonstrate that you and your workers have been trained in lead-safe work practices and that you followed lead-safe work practices on the job. To make recordkeeping easier, you may use the sample recordkeeping checklist that EPA has developed.
Read the EPA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right.
Read the EPA’s Steps to Lead Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting.

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