[Parentsgroup-list] delead apartments

Kyla Ebels Duggan ebels at fas.harvard.edu
Mon Jun 26 12:52:16 EDT 2006

Here are two possibilities for deleaded apartments:

Our current apartment is in Union Square in Somerville on Putnam Street.
It's managed by Greater Boston Properties, and you can find the number on
the web.  There is a whole row of townhousey buildings, all deleaded.  The
management is not stellar, but not terrible, and the apartments are

Another possibility is our old landlord, Hugh Gelch.  He has some deleaded
places, and is working on upgrading all of his places (a rare landlord who
follows the law on this without having his arm twisted).  He was a great
landlord.  His number is (617) 964-4220.  He doesn't have a whole lot of
places in Somerville, and most of what he has is quite small.

Also, we learned in looking for a place that landlords who are just
renting out an apartment in their own home are not required to delead like
others are.

good luck!

On Mon, 26 Jun 2006, Anna Shusterman wrote:

> Hi,
> It is a bit tricky around here. However there are some financial incentives
> (at least in somerville) for landlords to delead -- it is not as costly or
> time consuming as they would have you believe. Our landlord deleaded for us
> (after our other landlord kicked us out -- win some, lose some). In theory,
> according to the law, they cannot deny you housing based on the fact that
> you have a small child, and they *have* to bring the apartment into
> compliance with the lead laws. It depends how pushy you want to be to make
> it clear to potential landlords that you know that law and you know that
> they are violating it.
> There are deleaded apartments and decent landlords around, though -- you
> just have to look hard for them. Some postings don't advertise that they are
> deleaded, and if the apartment looks freshly renovated, you can move in and
> then insist that the landlord do lead testing and bring the place into
> compliance. I think that even if you sign the "lead disclosure" form that
> they provide, if they rent to you with a small child they are not off the
> hook -- they still have to bring the place into compliance. I would double
> check this, though.
> Good luck -- if I hear of any good deleaded apartments I will post them
> here.
> -Anna
> On 6/26/06, Jenny Kirsten Ataoguz <jksmith at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
> >
> > dear All,
> > We have started apartment hunting and have learned that with children it
> > is
> > a bit tricky because of the issue of deleading.  Does everyone live in
> > deleaded apartments?  Is it really difficult to find one?
> > Thanks,
> > Kirsten Ataoguz
> >
> >
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