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HUD: Disclose lead in houses

Homeowners would be required to tell potential buyers and tenants if lead-based paint has been used on walls under a proposal aimed at reducing lead poisoning among children.

The proposal would apply to all housing built before 1978, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Lead-based paint has not been made since 1978.

In poorly maintained buildings, lead-based paint poses a serious health risk, particularly for children under 6. Low-level exposure to lead from paint, dust or soil can cause permanent damage to the brain, kidneys and nervous system.

Under the plan, sellers and landlords would have to provide all known information on lead testing in a home or building and provide an EPA pamphlet on lead hazards.

Home buyers would be entitled to a 10-day period for lead paint inspection or risk assessment, at their own expense.

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