Radon Info for MN Realtors
All Minnesota homes can have dangerous levels of radon gas in them. Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas that can seep into homes from the earth. When inhaled, its radioactive particles can damage
the cells that line the lungs. Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung
cancer. About 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States are
caused by radon, making it a serious health concern for all Minnesotans.
It does not matter if the home is old or new and the only way to know how much radon gas has entered the home is to conduct a radon test. MDH estimates 2 in 5 homes built before 2010 and 1 in 5 homes built since 2010 exceed the 4.0 pCi/L action level.
In Minnesota, buyers and sellers in a real estate transaction are free to negotiate radon testing and reduction. Ultimately, it is up to the buyer to decide an acceptable level of radon risk in the home. Prospective buyers should keep in mind that it is inexpensive and easy to measure radon, and radon levels can be lowered at a reasonable cost. The MDH Radon Program website provides more detailed information on radon, including the MDH brochure “Keeping Your Home Safe from Radon.”
The Minnesota Radon Awareness Act does not require radon testing or mitigation. However, many relocation companies and lending institutions, as well as home buyers, require a radon test when purchasing a house. The purpose of this publication is to educate and inform potential home buyers of the risks of radon exposure, and how to test for and reduce radon as part of real estate transactions.
Effective January 1, 2014, the Minnesota Radon Awareness
Act requires specific disclosure and education be provided to potential home buyers during residential real estate transactions in Minnesota. This publication is being provided by the seller
in order to meet a requirement of the Act. In addition, before signing a purchase agreement to sell or transfer residential real property, the seller shall disclose in writing to the buyer any knowledge the seller has of radon concentrations in the dwelling.
The disclosure shall include:
- whether a radon test or tests have occurred on the property;
- the most current records and reports pertaining to radon concentrations within the dwelling;
- a description of any radon concentrations, mitigation, or remediation;
- information regarding the radon mitigation system, including system description and documentation, if such system has been installed in the dwelling; and
- a radon warning statement
Radon Warning Statement
“The Minnesota Department of Health strongly recommends that ALL homebuyers have an indoor radon test performed prior to purchase or taking occupancy, and recommends having the radon levels mitigated if elevated radon concentrations are found. Elevated radon concentrations can easily be reduced by a qualified, certified, or licensed, if applicable, radon mitigator.
Every buyer of any interest in residential real property is notified that the property may present exposure to dangerous levels of indoor radon gas that may place the occupants at risk of developing radon- induced lung cancer. Radon, a Class A human carcinogen, is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause overall. The seller of any interest in residential real property is required to provide the buyer with any information on radon test results of the dwelling.”
We look forward to insuring your client’s home is free from Radon. Please fill to the following form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. If this is a Radon Emergency please contact us directly at 763-645-6801.