Landlords and the Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act
Illinois has new amendments to the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2017. The amendments are about mitigation notices for lead paint hazards. While the Zoning Department does not inspect for lead, landlords should be aware of their responsibilities to provide their tenants with certain disclosures.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, "Lead poisoning, the number one environmental illness of children, is caused primarily by lead-based paint in older homes. While Illinois has made great progress in recent years, we maintain one of the highest rates in the nation for the number of children with elevated blood lead levels. The most common exposure to lead by children is through the ingestion of paint chips and contaminated dust from deteriorated or disturbed lead-based paint in homes built before 1978. About 75 percent of Illinois homes built before 1978 contain some lead-based paint" (IDPH website).