Reinvestment Partners' Healthy Homes and Lead Safety program helps Durham families with young children find and mitigate lead and other hazards in their homes. When we discover lead on floors or window sills, we help them clean with a HEPA vacuum. When we detect lead in bare soil, we advise them to cover it. Then, we follow up to ensure the lead has been removed or covered.
When repairs are needed to prevent lead paint from deteriorating, we advise homeowners on how to identify NC-Certified Lead Renovators. We also encourage renters to write repair requests to their property managers.
However, sometimes landlords do not make the necessary repairs to prevent lead paint hazards on floors, sills, and soil. In those cases, we advise tenants they have the right to request a housing inspection from the City via Durham One Call. Tenants can also get free legal information from Legal Aid of North Carolina on Wednesdays @ 2-4 PM at the Durham County Courthouse, Second Floor.
We recently assisted one Durham family, who had leased a home built in 1910. They are currently receiving legal representation because their landlord failed to give them the required lead warning, which states, "Housing built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint."
Lead from paint, paint chips and dust can pose health hazards if not managed properly. Lead exposure is especially harmful to young children and pregnant women. Before renting pre-1978 housing, lessors must disclose the presence of known lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the dwelling. Lessees must also receive a federally approved pamphlet on lead poisoning prevention.