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Lead-Based Paint on Church Property

The legal implications.

The legal implications

Article summary. Many children are poisoned each year by eating lead-based paint. In at attempt to address this problem, the federal government has issued regulations imposing strict requirements on the sale or lease of residential property constructed prior to 1978. There are no exceptions for churches or other nonprofit organizations. Church leaders need to be aware of these requirements whenever they sell or lease church-owned residential property. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in substantial liability, including "triple damages." This article addresses the application of these requirements to churches.

Many churches own residential properties, including homes, duplexes, and even small apartment buildings. In most cases, homes are acquired as parsonages. But homes, duplexes, and apartment buildings in the immediate vicinity of the church also ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • March 1, 2000

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