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LSW FAQs for Renters

Why must work be done in my rental unit?

Lead-based paint may be causing an extreme danger to all individuals living in or visiting your unit, particularly children under the age of six. Breathing in lead dust or eating chips of lead-based paint can cause severe health and development delays to young children, pregnant women and otherwise healthy adults of all ages.

Is the removal of lead-based paint hazards required by law?

The law requires that landlords of a property with known lead-based paint hazards take immediate action to remove the hazards.

  • A lead risk assessment will be conducted (if it has not already occurred) to determine if lead-based paint hazards exist in your property. When it is determined that there is lead-based paint in your property, work will be scheduled to remove the existing hazards.
  • Lead Safe Washington program provides funds to property owners to inspect buildings for lead-based paint hazards and, most importantly, remove those hazards to make your home safer.

Could I be permanently displaced or have my rent increased?

Tenants will never be permanently displaced from units nor will their rent increase, because of the work conducted by the program.  By law, some tenants will be required to temporarily relocate during construction and will be provided a stipend.

  • Landlords are not allowed to raise rent by law just because of work done on the apartment units.
  • Please be assured that the owner has no intentions of raising rent in the near future as a result of the work.
  • Your unit will not only be safer as a result of the work, but will look better.

Do I have to participate by giving my documentation?

After the property owner applies to the program, there is an urgent need for your full participation in the application process so work can begin to remove the hazards. It is essential for renters to provide the required documentation before work can begin to remove current hazards of lead-based paint in your unit.

Where do I take my documentation?

DHCD will assign a community-based organization to collect all necessary information. The property owner will know which agency has been contracted.

What documentation do I have to provide?

Everything from the following list must be provided:

  • Last two paycheck stubs for all adults 18 and older in your household
  • Last two years income tax returns (Federal and local)
  • Birth certificate(s) for all children under six-years-old that live with you or visit your unit on a frequent basis
  • A copy of photo identification for all adults over 18 years old (Driver’s license or other Government issued ID)Copy of any statement of other income (such as Disability, Social Security, Workman’s Compensation etc.)
  • One copy of your most recent bank statement

My landlord has not applied to the program, but my child has an elevated blood level. Can I apply?

Unfortunately, the property owner must be the applicant. However, you are welcome to provide application information to your landlord and encourage them to apply.

My landlord has not applied to the program, but my child has an elevated blood level. Can I apply?

Unfortunately, the property owner must be the applicant. However, you are welcome to provide application information to your landlord and encourage them to apply.
If you have any further questions or need LSW assistance, please contact one of the Housing Counseling CBO’s.