Tracking Meth Lab Homes

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Starting January 1, 2007, anyone buying a home will now know if the home they're about to buy was used as a meth lab.

There is, however, a slight loop hole.

According to the new law, it is up to the seller to disclose whether meth was previously manufactured in the home or not.

So if the seller doesn't say anything, the buying may never know.

The law already states, homes previously used as meth labs must be cleaned by a certified hygienist before they're sold again.

Schwabe Real Estate owner, Bill Schwabe says, "This is a good thing because it's a real health issue."

But never before have sellers been forced to disclose whether their home was once a meth lab.

That's something that will be mandatory at the turn of the new year.

Schwabe says, "The only time they don't have to disclose that is if they had it cleaned up to the state standards."

Schwabe says, that would mean the home should have no trace of meth.

But what if the seller knows meth was made in the home, never had it cleaned and kept their lips sealed anyway.

Schwabe says, "The seller has to disclose disclose disclose if they know it they have to say it."

But if that's not the case, he says, that's when it's up to the buyer to step up, but at a cost.

Schwabe says, "It's about a $5,000 expense."

To hire a certified hygienist to inspect the property.

"This definitely is a way for a buyer to get out of contract." says, Schwabe.

So if meth is detected, the contract between the buyer and the seller would be canceled.

According to some realtors, some homes with a history of meth lose a good chunk of their value even after they've been professionally cleaned.