Landlords have to disclose known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before leases take effect. Leases must include a disclosure about lead-based paint.

If you own or manage pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities, don’t risk facing thousands of dollars in fines. And, more importantly, don’t place your tenants and clients at risk for lead poisoning.

The first step is determining if your pre-1978 property contains lead. The easiest way to do this is to have your property inspected for lead.  If the lead inspection identifies the presence of lead in and around your property, you are required by law to manage (not remove) the lead-based paint surfaces  of your propertyin order to minimize the risk of deteriorated lead paint and lead dust.

Iowa law mandates that any contractor or maintenance staff member whose work on a pre-1978 property (interior or exterior) will disrupt more than one square foot of a painted surface must be a Certified Lead Safe Renovator and trained in lead-safe work practices.  This includes, but is not limited to, contractors and staff who provide these services:

  • plumbers
  • painters
  • electricians
  • HVAC
  • windows, siding, gutters and roofing
  • flooring
  • garage doors
  • central vac
  • handyman services
  • countertops and cabinets

To minimize your risk, always choose a contractor that is certifed by the state.  A few tips on ensuring your select a well-trained contractor include:

  • ask to see a copy of their certification card (will include their name, state certification number and expiration date)
  • make sure your agreement/contract with the contractor spells out clearly how the work will be set up, performed and how the work area will be cleaned
  • verify that the contractor is certified in Iowa by calling the Iowa Lead Prevention Bureau at 1-800-972-2026 or  Click here to view an list of State of Iowa Lead-Safe Renovators .