Addressing radon gas in real estate transactions has become quite common. In fact, most states require the disclosure of elevated radon levels during the transaction, as radon is recognized as a health risk. Tests are usually performed, and sellers will take corrective action to fix a high radon level.
But what of the risk to renters? Are rental homes somehow impervious to the entry of deadly radon gas?
The reality is the carcinogenic radon gas emanating into the home from decomposing uranium in the soil underneath it shows no discretion to whether the occupants own the property or rent it. The homes of renters are just as at risk as those of owners, yet renters rarely have protections in place as buyers do. Currently only 4 states require a landlord to even disclose to a renter if there are known high radon levels in the home for rent, let alone do anything about it. In the recent case of a Nebraska renter, multiple high radon levels were reported to the landlord, and the renter could not force the landlord to take corrective action.
So what to do? Take the initiative. Ask about radon levels when negotiating your lease or renewal. Has the property been tested for radon? If yes, when? What were the results? If no, or not for several years, decide who is going to test the property for radon now, and what will be done if elevated levels are found.
Radon is too dangerous to ignore, regardless of whether you own or rent your home. Test your home for radon today.
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