New Law to Help Renters Learn About Radon Levels In Their Homes
A new law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. This new law helps people who rent apartments, condominiums or houses access information about radon levels in their homes. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s (IEMA) radon program is offering guidance to help renters better understand radon hazards and their rights under this new law.
Learn More About Radon and Renters
Has Your Building Been Tested Already?
If the building you live in has been tested properly for radon, you probably do not need to test for radon yourself. Before you sign your lease agreement (whether you live in a house, apartment, or condominium building), the owner is required to inform you in writing that a radon hazard may exist.
If your building has not been tested for radon, you can test for radon yourself using a radon test kit or ask the owner to test by hiring a licensed radon contractor. IEMA Recommends Testing All Homes Below the Third Floor Because most indoor radon gas comes from naturally occurring radon in the soil, high indoor levels are likely to exist below the third floor. IEMA recommends testing all residences below the third floor.
In some cases, high radon levels have been found at or above the third floor due to radon movement through elevators or other air shafts in the building. If your apartment is at or above the third floor and you are concerned about this possibility, you could also test for radon.