So I was talking to my Dad the other night and he mentioned my Cousin. He’s taking a job here in Mass and was going to be moving into an apartment near us with his wife and young daughter.
Well he has the job and is doing well for himself…but he doesn’t have an apartment. His wife and daughter are splitting their time between staying with my Aunt, and his in-laws in Maine, and he’s couch surfing with friends. Why?
Well they had lined up the apartment, but when it came to sign the landlord realized they had a young child. OH NO! YOU CAN’T RENT THE APARTMENT WITH A YOUNG CHILD!!!! IT HAS LEAD PAINT!!!!!
I’m not even going to look up the law at the moment because I’m too pissed off to wade through Mass laws. The wife confirmed this stupid law, and that’s enough.
First for those not in New England let me point out something about the housing stock. There are VERY FEW new houses in New England. When you buy a house you buy an old house. If you’re living in a city, even a small city, the houses are quite old. My house is over 90, there’s a house up the street that’s almost 200. The house I grew up in was built in the 1950s, My wife’s house the ’40s.
They are FULL of LEAD PAINT! Guess what? Don’t let kids eat the paint chips, don’t let kids chew the woodwork, and don’t do any crazy remodeling with the kids at home, and clean up well after the work.
And if me and my epileptic wife isn’t a convincing story, note that if you’re older than me, you likely lived in a lead paint house. You parents certainly lived in a lead paint house. The President grew up in houses filled with lead paint. Everybody running for president grew up in Lead Paint houses!
Lead paint was banned from use in 1977, guess what if you were alive AROUND that date, you lived in proximity of lead paint.
Guess what, YOU’RE FINE!!!!111!!! Its Lead paint, it isn’t Anthrax! Its not good for you, but if you’re careful nothing bad will happen!
Of course lead abatement costs you buckets of money, so any apartments for rent are much more expensive than they can afford.
Good Job Massachusetts, you fucking suck!
**UPDATE** Just talked to a local guy at work who related a story about a family that went apeshit to abate the lead paint, and ended up making it worse because the carpet, despite serious cleaning, still was filled with lead dust and the kids played on the carpet.