Right now* in the Charlottesville MSA in the Charlottesville MLS, 2458 homes are for sale. 632 – or 26% – were built before 1978. So what?
The EPA is about to enact/enforce a new law that will affect anyone who will be renovating, repairing or painting homes with lead based paint.
April 22, 2010 may go down as a day of …
… As may the acronym “RRP” for the “Renovation, Repair, Painting” rule.
Just more than half of the City of Charlottesville’s current “for sale” inventory will be affected by this new law, and nearly 28% of Albemarle County’s.
The change in their workplaces could be dramatic.
Workers who can now wear shorts and T-shirts for a simple window replacement job will have to wear coveralls made of sturdy Tyvek fiber, respirators, goggles, hoods, rubber gloves and rubber boots.
Among numerous other safety requirements, workers will have to lay plastic sheeting around the work area, and post yellow “caution” tape as well as signs that say “Lead Poison Hazard: Do Not Enter.”
Dorsey says some of the requirements might go too far. He says two-thirds of the homes renovators work in have lead paint. And given that the industry is still struggling to survive the housing bust, “it’s going to take the construction industry out at the knees. Right now our industry is saddled with 25 to 27 percent unemployment,” he adds.
Questions I have –
– How will my clients – buyers and sellers – be affected?
– What will this do to the renovation businesses?
– How will this impact HVAC companies and other contractors? (how many of Charlottesville area contractors are currently certified?)
– How many contractors in Charlottesville have completed this testing and are certified?
– Who is going to be doing the policing? A new government “paint police”?
As a Realtor, I am now going to have to warn my clients about the prospect of increased expenses that they may be paying … what might this do to property values?
– There are no new disclosure compliance responsibilities, no new forms, or revisions to the existing disclosure forms. If any testing is done associated with any Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) activities, the results of that testing must be disclosed.
– The bulk of responsibility to comply with this new rule rests with contractors and remodelers. They must be trained and certified by EPA to conduct the new lead paint safe work practices while performing RRP activities in pre-1978 housing, by April 22, 2010.
Hiring someone to renovate your older home is about to become more complicated and expensive. Starting on Earth Day, April 22, contractors working on almost all homes built before 1978 must prove they have the Environmental Protection Agency’s stamp of approval to do the work — or face fines of up to $37,500 a day.
Take a look at some of the homes that are active on the market in the Charlottesville and Albemarle built before 1978. (sorted by those with the most recent price reduction)
Exemptions: These rules may be waived under the following conditions:
– The home or child occupied facility was built after 1978.
– The repairs are minor, with interior work disturbing less than six sq. ft. or exteriors disturbing less than 20 sq. ft.
– If the house or components test lead free by a Certified Risk Assessor, Lead Inspector, or Certified Renovator.
– If the property owner is conducting the RRP work themselves.
It’s going to be interesting.
Oh, and you want to ignore the rules, do the work in the dead of night and tell no one. Even pay cash for the supplies at Home Depot. You think I am kidding but if you get caught, the fines are as much as $37,500 a day.
Most people are aware of the dangers that exposure to lead-based paint can pose â€“ it effects (sic) children’s brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems, and it can also lead to hypertension and high blood pressure in adults, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). What many homeowners may not realize is that a new EPA rule may cause the issue to balloon when they are undertaking even minor repairs.
The EPA’s new Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule takes effect April 22, 2010, and requires that all contractors (plumbers, painters, HVAC technicians, remodelers, etc.) working in a residence or facility built before 1978 where children are present must be an EPA Certified Renovator.
* Right now is 18 April 2010 at 11pm.
** In Albemarle – 1101 homes for sale, 294 were built before 1978. Charlottesville – 381 homes are for sale, 206 were built before 1978.