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HUD Section 8 Lead Paint Testing


All units under the Section 8 Program must follow the HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule and the State/ Federal EPA Renovator regulations.


  • Units constructed prior to 1978 which will be occupied by children under six years of age, a pregnant woman, or a daycare facility, HUD requires that there be no defective paint on the interior and exterior of the unit, boundary fences, and outbuildings.
  • If defective paint is found the requirements of the HUD Lead Safe Housing rule apply. Specialized training requirements may apply when addressing paint stabilization and repair.
    • If the defective paint is over deminimis levels specialized training and certification are required :
      • 20 square feet of all exterior surfaces combined.
      • 2 square feet of any interior room.
      • 10 percent of a small component-interior and or exterior,
      • The repairs or paint stabilization must be done by someone trained under the RRP rule with renovator certification and State Firm Certificate.
      • Once the repairs are completed the unit must pass clearance.
      • Included is an overview of those requirements.
      • Please note the Lead Safe Housing Rule is more restrictive than the two regulations. The voucher program must comply with the most stringent HUD rules.



Soil lead testing in State of Washington is slightly different than paint inspections, and they can be categorized into two groups. These are:

  • In-Situ Tests: Also known as on-site tests, these examinations are conducted using an XRF analyzer that is pointed at the soil. Besides providing instant results, this technique also complies with the standards set by the US EPA Method 6200 to locate contamination boundaries.
  • Ex-Situ Tests: These tests are carried out off-site and may take a few days because the samples are sent to a lab. It’s worth noting that multiple samples are required to get an accurate representation of the area. These tests may be more accurate than in-situ tests, but they also provide slower results.


How Does Lead-Contaminated Soil Affect Your Household?

Humans usually suffer symptoms of lead exposure after ingestion. Children that are 2 to 5 years old are at the highest risk because of the increased probability of ingesting soil or dirt. Moreover, pets and children can also track fine lead particles back into your house. These airborne particles can settle close to the entry points, where as dust sampling can find if any harazarous level of lead are present in your home or office. Lead is also not safe for your pets. Dogs and cats can also have health issues from lead exposure. Lead dust poses the highest risk of EBL elevated Blood Levels.

The landlord could decide to have a lead paint inspection done by a certified lead paint inspector or risk assessor. If the result of the certified lead test indicates no presence of lead, the Housing Authority may exempt from such treatment defective paint surfaces that are found in a report prepared by a State Certified Lead Based Paint Inspector or Risk Assessor not to be lead-based paint.

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If there are areas that are positive, the Housing Authority will have to review the report and determine the next course of action.


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