4 Years ago I rented an apartment in MA. My landlord told me it was de-leaded. (with out me even asking him) So I never asked for a lead certificate. Well I now have a daughter who is 1, and has high lead levels. I am a stay a home mom, and I know she had to have gotten it from our apartment.My landlord is in the process of selling our apartment, I asked him for a certificate and he has not gotten back to me. My fiance has also found out that he never got an occupancy permit. What do I do?
II would suggest contacting the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (1-800-532-9571) and also consider contacting a lawyer with experience in tenants' rights.
Here are some links that might be helpful:
"Is a property owner liable for a Lead Poisoned Child?
If a child is lead poisoned by lead hazards where the child lives and the owner has not complied with the Lead Law, the owner is legally responsible. An owner cannot avoid liability by asking tenants to sign an agreement that they accept the presence of lead paint. Nor can an owner refuse to rent to families with children under six years of age in order to avoid Lead Law responsibilities. This is discrimination, and it is illegal under the Lead Law and federal and state fair housing laws. Complying with the Lead Law is the best protection an owner has from liability and a child has from lead poisoning."