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The City of Austin Will Pay to Get Lead Based Paint Out of Your Home

The City of Austin is getting rid of Lead Based Paint for some lucky home owners.  In every real estate transaction for every house built before 1978, we have to attach a "Lead Based Paint Addendum" which basically states that the sellers have given any information they know about lead based paint in their home to the buyers, and that the buyers acknowledge the house likely has lead based paint and would like a period of 10 days to inspect the lead based paint in the property if they want. Buyers also have to acknowledge that they've received the pamphlet about not allowing kids and pets to eat paint chips.

city of austin lead based paintThis is the only form within a real estate transaction in Texas where the sellers' agent and the buyers' agent must also sign and date to acknowledge this information.

The bottom line of lead based paint is that any house built before 1978 that has not been stripped down to the studs, has some amount of lead based paint in the home. It doesn't matter how many coats of paint are on the original walls, it's still there.

The City of Austin is receiving a Federal Grant for $2.5M. They are going to start removing lead based paint from homes. I've never heard of such a thing before. The City of Austin is getting involved with helping to make older homes safer.

You have to qualify with the following criteria:

  • The house must be built before 1978, of course.
  • There must be a child under the age of 6 living in the home.
  • You must make under $60,000 a year.

The City of Austin wants to help 180 homes, roughly.  One house just cost $50,000 to do, so I'm not sure how they're going to spread $2.5M over 180 houses, as that should be just over $13,000 a house. Maybe they'll be getting discounts for giving contractors a lot of work in volume.

If you feel you qualify for this program from the City of Austin, contact Coby Ramirez at 512-974-3122 or coby.ramierez@austintexas.gov.

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Comment balloon 5 commentsDonna Harris • September 23 2011 12:54PM

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Ah, our tax dollars at work!  Truth of the matter is that only about 25% of the homes built after 1960 used lead-based paint.  I wonder if they are going to test for lead prior re-painting the whole house?

Posted by George Scott Stevens, Renaissance Realty Group Dallas, TX 214-458-1647 (http://www.renaissancerealtygroup.net) over 8 years ago

George, They aren't just repainting. Since they're litereally removing walls/sheetrock and windows, yes they are testing first.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

This is ridiculous IMHO. Why would TX take federal funds with Rick Perry a States Rights guy. It is also a waste, how do you feel about this? 

 

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 8 years ago

Missy, I feel it's the home owner's responsibility to take care of their home. If they bought an older home, they bought that home knowing the risks of it being older and needing some work. I do not, personally, feel the city should be spending money to do this for home owners...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

While I like the idea of something being done to get rid of the lead. I feel like we need to stop wasting tax money on stuff like this. I agree with you Donna they knew when they purchased the home it may have lead paint, and they need to fix it.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) over 7 years ago

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