LSHR Toolkit: Prepare

Prepare to Administer Public Housing

PHAs must create and maintain records to document compliance. Use the tools here as a guide through the process.

Check for Exemptions: Some properties and situations create exemptions to various parts of the rules for the property or a repair project.

Many PHAs may have already certified that their units are lead-free. These units are exempt from the LSHR. Keep the lead-based paint inspection report with the lead-free determination as supporting documentation.

Tool Name Description
LSHR Screening on Exemption or Limited Exemption Determine if all assisted units are partially or fully exempt. Complete and retain in records.

Unless the unit is exempt, the basic approach is to assure units are evaluated, paint is properly maintained, and that the PHA take special steps to respond if a child has a verified elevated blood lead level (EBLL). Being familiar with the rules and keeping good records, from before and during occupancy, is essential. The tools here will help guide and document the process.


If a PHA uses its own staff to perform repairs, maintenance, and rehabilitation of pre-1978 housing that has not been certified as lead-free, the PHA must apply to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the state to become a certified renovation firm and the staff must obtain training to be certified renovators. A subject agency must also ensure that it has at least one certified renovator on staff to be available to actively supervise projects. Information about certification requirements and available training for providers is available on EPA's website.

Tool Name Description
PHA Requirements Summary Chart Provides an overview of PHA responsibilities that tools will describe in further detail.
Lead-Based Paint Document Checklist: Public Housing Provides an overview of documents that are commonly used to verify compliance with LSHR for public housing.