Property owners and the law

Federal law requires that landlords and homeowners tell prospective tenants and buyers about any known lead hazards before they agree to rent or buy the property. This law only applies to houses built before 1978. This law does not require homeowners or landlords to inspect the property; they are only required to provide educational materials and a disclosure form that states that lead hazards may exist and where known, do exist.

For an overview of federal, Illinois, and Chicago laws related to lead and lead disclosure, view the fact sheet for property owners, managers, and realtors.

Additionally, in Chicago, landlords must provide all tenants with a written summary of the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Law. Landlords or their agents must tell their tenants in writing if the unit they live in or are considering renting violated any Chicago housing codes within the past year. This notification must be given before any lease or lease renewal is signed.

Know your tenants' rights

Under federal, state, and local laws, tenants have rights in regard to lead hazards in rental property.

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Additional information for…
Property owners
  • The do's and don'ts of home renovation
  • What to look for in a lead contractor
  • How to find a lead contractor
  • Required disclosures to tenants
  • Right of inspection
  • Right of notification of lead hazards
  • Notifying landlords about possible lead in homes
  • If a landlord won't address a lead hazard
Childcare providers
  • Childcare provider responsibilities
  • Educational information
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