The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has new lead paint laws going into effect on Earth Day, April 22, 2010. With only a few exceptions, the new lead paint laws require any renovation work performed on houses built before 1978 to be performed by a contractor who has received training and certification as outlined by the new law. The EPA penalties of $37,500 per day of noncompliance for remodelers that violate the law are so significant that many contractors are considering avoiding work on older homes all together. The cost to contractors to maintain certification and implement the EPA's new rules will lead to higher fees. With fewer qualified contractors and increased remodelling costs, some in the remodeling industry speculating that the cost of older home remodels may double.
Check out the EPA’s easy to read Renovate Right brochure for more information on the EPA’s new law.