Indoor Air Quality Guide for Tenants

Selected Resources for More Information on Indoor Air Quality


Following are some of the written materials available for learning about (1) the causes and potential health effects of the indoor air quality issues discussed in the Indoor Air Quality Guide for Tenants, and (2) how to prevent and fix those problems. At the end are links to information about: other IAQ and healthy homes issues; IAQ following natural disasters; and potential sources of funding for repairing rental properties.

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Secondhand Smoke

Lead-Based Paint




Other IAQ and Healthy Homes Issues

There are other important IAQ issues, in addition to those noted above. For example, it is important to protect against asbestos exposure generally and during renovations. There are also non-IAQ issues (drinking water, fire safety) that are important for a healthy home.

IAQ Following Storms and other Natural Disasters

Flooding, power outages, and other damage can create serious IAQ problems following storms and other natural disasters. For example, flooding can cause mold and dampness, and carbon monoxide poisoning can result from using portable generators inside or too close to homes. It is important for tenants and landlords to understand the IAQ risks and how to reduce exposures during cleanup.

Financial Assistance for Fixing IAQ Problems in Rental Housing

Fixing some IAQ problems costs little or nothing – for example, establishing a no-smoking policy or using integrated pest management techniques. Certain repairs, such as radon mitigation or lead hazard removal, can be a significant expense. Below are links to information about some government programs that provide financial assistance for repairs to owners of multi-family housing. Check with your state or local housing and economic development agency to find out whether additional programs are available where you live.



October 2017