Friday, March 19, 2010

Contracts with Homeowners-The Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Law

  1. Provide homeowners with a checklist that verifies that they have received the Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools pamphlet, they have seen the contractor’s firm and renovator certification, and they understand that the certified renovator will be on site when signs are posted, when the work-area containment is being established and when the post-renovation cleaning verification (dust wipe test) is performed. The certified renovator will be reachable by cell phone at other times. Consider whether to give your cell phone number to the homeowner.
  2. Let homeowners know that any requests for testing, abatement, or third-party cleaning verification will result in a written change order that that is signed by the parties that will reflect an increase in the contract price and a change in the date of completion.
  3. Inform homeowners that any conditions that affect containment procedures (high winds, prior lead dust and paint chips at the site) will result in a written change order that is signed by the parties that will reflect an increase in the contract price and a change in the date of completion.
  4. Even if homeowners say that no children under 6 or pregnant women are present in the home, or the home was built after 1978, the contractor should exercise due diligence and check records at the Registry of Deeds or the town tax assessor’s office to verify the date of construction. They should also make a reasonable inquiry regarding visitors, ages of children living outside the home who visit frequently and may be pregnant, etc.
  5. Remove “broom clean condition” clauses from your contract.