What's a real estate agent's responsibility with regards to lead testing?

Asked by Leddy, 02474 Wed Sep 9, 2009

Are they required to spend 30s checking the state's web site or just believe the seller?

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Susan Costa, , Westport, MA
Thu Sep 10, 2009
Realtors are required by state law in MA & RI for providing you the seller/buyer/tenant renting property with the lead paint information packet. During a home inspection, paid by the buyer - a test for lead paint is performed. Inspectors responisiblity.

If the seller has had the property de-leaded during ownership - they are to give the buyer the certification documents. If the seller knows of lead paint but has not had it documented, then is the due diligence of the buyer to have the home tested.

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Scott A. Nel…, , 02155
Wed Sep 9, 2009
As a real estate agent we're required to review the Property Transfer Notification Pack with each buyer/seller/tenant. This is required both federally & state. Only a licenced lead paint inspector can certify a properties status & condition in regards to lead based hazards. Even the certificates & reports are only good for a certain amount of time. The internet can be a great tool but it is no substitute for the proper inspections by the proper licenced professionals. Due to the potential hazards it's too risky to rely solely on the internet for any representations. We require proof of any claims a seller or property has in it's claim of lead based hazards being zero or lead free. It's not worth the risk to take a short cut.

As part of any real estate transaction there's paperwork & language that the seller/buyer/tenant has recieved and understands the lead based hazards documentation. It's also available on the state of Mass Consumer Protection website. All offices I've dealt with have a proceedure for the review & documentation that the mandatory disclosure is made to their clients/customers.

Hope this helps,
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