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Working on a Home with Lead: Requirements for Rental versus Owner-Occupied Properties

Type of lead work Rental Properties Owner-occupied properties
Lead hazard abatement
  • Required on federally funded work over $25,000
  • Required by Kentucky law in homes with lead poisoned child where lead hazards are found by certified lead hazard risk assessment
  • Requires Kentucky-certified training, license and permits
  • Required on federally funded work over $25,000
  • Required by Kentucky law in homes with lead poisoned child where lead hazards are found by certified lead hazard risk assessment
  • Requires Kentucky certified training, license and permits
Renovation repair and paint projects
  • Required for any contractor or property owner performing renovation repair or painting work on all homes older than 1978 where work disturbs paint area greater than 6 square feet inside or 20 square feet outside.
  • Requires EPA-accredited training.
  • Property owners working on their own rental properties are required by federal law to obtain certification
  • Recommended to be used by contractors or property owners on pre-1978 housing even when work disturbs paint area in small areas less than 6 square feet inside or 20 square feet outside.
  • Required for any contractor performing renovation repair or painting work on all homes older than 1978 where work disturbs paint area greater than 6 square feet inside or 20 square feet outside.
  • Requires EPA-accredited training
  • Pre-1978 housing is exempt from this requirement only if owners perform their own work on their own house where they live (However, owners living in pre-1978 homes are recommended to become trained and to use similar techniques, called lead-safe work practices.)


Lead-safe work practices
  • Prohibited to be used by contractors or property owners on all pre-1978 housing where work disturbs paint area greater than 6 square feet inside or 20 square feet outside.
  • Owner/occupants are recommended to become trained and to use lead-safe work practices when working on their own pre-1978 homes where they currently live whenever painting or repair or renovation work disturbs paint, in order to prevent lead poisoning of their families or themselves.