Many landlords do not understand the specific responsibility they have to inform potential tenants of the presence of lead-based paint. By law, you must follow a process determined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before renting real estate built before 1978. This law, officially known as the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, aims to protect the public from health problems caused by lead paint. Because people had been unaware for centuries that it was toxic, lead was added to many products, including paint. Lead allowed the varnish to dry faster, resist moisture and wear it out better. Interpretation Guide for the Real Estate Community on the Requirements for Disclosure of Lead-Based Colour Information in Residential Construction. If your property was built before 1978, there could be a toxic substance in the walls, doors and windowsills. This toxic substance is lead-based paint and it is a serious problem for you and your tenants…