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Asbestos and Lead Real Estate Disclosures

Many homes built prior to 1978 in Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley (Lancaster and Palmdale) may have lead-based paint and asbestos and require Asbestos and Lead Real Estate Disclosures. If disturbed this can pose a serious hazard to the health of the homeowner or renter. Homesellers and Landlords (or Property Managers) have an important responsibility to disclose this prior to signing lease agreements or sale contracts.

Lead-Based Paint Disclosures

Federal law, governed by the EPA, stipulates that prior to signing the contract all buyers (and renters) must receive the following:

  • An information packet approved by the EPA (available HERE)
  • Disclosure in Contract including a Lead Warning statement
  • Disclosure of any KNOWN lead-based paint in the dwelling

A 10-day period to consult a Certified Inspector to conduct a Paint Inspection or Risk Assessment (for home sales only, not rental agreements) – Mailman Environmental provides Lead-Based Paint Inspections and Risk Assessments for Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, Ventura County, and the Greater Los Angeles area.

 

Naturally Occurring Asbestos and Radon Disclosures

While disclosures may refer to “naturally occurring asbestos, i.e. the rock mineral itself”, federal law does not require you to disclose the presence of asbestos within the building materials.  However, the State of California and the Department of Real Estate do require the disclosure of KNOWN asbestos in a dwelling. Much like Lead-Based Paint, if disturbed asbestos could present a hazard to your family’s health.

Radon is a little more nuanced in Southern California and requires specific testing methods to see if Radon gas has emitted from the ground and into your house at a level that exceeds the standards set by the EPA. Much of southern California sits on areas with elevated Radon underneath but it is rare that a building shows large enough amounts to cause serious health concerns.  For more information on Radon areas of Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley including Palmdale and Lancaster, visit HERE 

For more information, or to schedule a Lead-Based Paint Inspection, Radon or Asbestos Inspection in Santa Clarita, the Antelope Valley, Ventura County, or Greater Los Angeles area you can submit an online request, call us (661) 219-5160 or email request to testing@mailmanenviro.com

 

Sources:

https://www.epa.gov/asbestos/does-home-seller-have-disclose-potential-buyer-home-contains-asbestos-what-about

https://www.epa.gov/lead/real-estate-disclosures-about-potential-lead-hazards