Lead Paint in Wauwatosa
The majority of homes in Wauwatosa contain lead paint. Remodeling may pose a hazard to young children if specific precautions are not observed. Certified lead risk assessors are on the health department staff to answer your questions regarding lead hazards, safe remodeling practices, and children's health issues related to lead.
The Health Department also has free publications and literature about remodeling and the hazards of lead. For more information, contact the Wauwatosa Health Department at (414) 479-8939. | Email
Federal and state law requires that individuals receive certain information before renting, buying, or renovating pre-1978 housing:
- Landlords have to disclose known information on lead-based paint hazards before leases take effect. Leases will include a federal form about lead-based paint.
- Sellers have to disclose known information on lead-based paint hazards before selling a house. Sales contracts will include a federal form about lead-based paint in the building. Buyers have up to 10 days to check for lead hazards.
- Renovators have to disclose known information on lead-based paint hazards if any painted surface is disturbed on the exterior or interior of the house.
For more information on the effects of lead and what you can do to protect you and your family, contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development