My husband and I rent a house in Boston built around 1925. When we signed the lease last summer, we acknowledged that the apartment had not been tested for lead, but by law if there is a child under the age of 6, the landlord is required to inspect the house for lead, and if necessary, remove/cover the lead. We're now 7.5 weeks pregnant with our first baby, and on top of all the other things to think about, we most likely live in a leaded apartment.
Not that I'm going around eating paint chips or anything, but there are a few places in the house that are kind of sketchy- mainly the old window frames (very dirty and full of paint chips). I think we need to tell our landlord we're pregnant, and by law we're protected from eviction, and they would have to pay for temp housing until the apartment had been inspected, deleaded, and cleaned.
I know MA law is pretty strict about this law, and I'm curious to hear about your experiences, especially if you were renting when you got pregnant. How did you handle? How big of a deal is the deleading process?