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Learn About It

Understanding your rights as a renter in Michigan.

If you’re renting and worried about lead in your place, it’s smart to ask for help. Remember, you have rights as a renter. If there’s lead paint where you live, your landlord has to tell you about it before you agree to rent the place. You also have the right to know if there are any lead dangers in your home.

The following resources are here to help you understand your rights as a renter and to help you deal with lead problems, making your home safer and healthier for you and your family.

Have questions about your rights as a renter?

Test It

How to take action if you think there is lead in your home. 

Renters can ask for their rental place to be tested for lead, especially if they think there might be lead paint or if they have kids under six years old living there.

Thankfully, there are lots of groups and businesses that can help you test your home or your child tested for lead exposure. They will tell you what they find and guide you on what to do next to keep your family safe and healthy.

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Are you renting in the City of Grand Rapids?

Look at their map to find out if you have lead pipes going to your rental.

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Repair It

Get help and get rid of lead dangers in your home.

Renters should quickly tell their landlords about any lead dangers, help with lead checks and clean-ups, and keep their homes free from lead dust.

If landlords don’t fix these problems, renters can talk to them, complain to local officials or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, or even go to court.

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