The Lead Based Paint and Lead-Based Paint Hazards Disclosure is a form that is typically seen in most San Francisco disclosure packages. The Lead Based Paint hazards and disclosure document is required in all transactions that involve the purchase or sale of pre-1978 construction. However, many agents in San Francisco are in the habit of including it in their disclosure package and often include it even when it is not required.
// This post is a part of our series: Your Guide to a San Francisco Disclosure Package. //
The Lead Based Paint and Lead-Based Paint Hazards Disclosure document is a *general* disclosure document. It contains information regarding lead based paint and the hazards associated with it. Depending on how the paperwork has been completed, some versions of this document may also give you an inspection contingency related to lead-based paint. This document contains language that does not vary from transaction to transaction and is not property specific unless the seller has specific knowledge of lead-based paint.
Most homes in San Francisco were constructed (and painted) prior to the 1978 ban on lead-based paint. Because of this, you can typically expect a layer of paint somewhere in a SF home to be lead-based. However, where that paint is, and how many times it has been painted over are typically questions that can’t be answered easily or obviously.
The Lead Based Paint and Lead-Based Paint Hazards Disclosure is general information. While it is important information, it may not be applicable to the home you are interested in.
We generally advise our buyers to review this documents and the information it contains at the beginning of their search process, before they start reviewing disclosures and looking at documents that contain property specific information.