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Daily Real Estate News  |  June 30, 2004  |   Tenn.: Cracking Down on Meth Houses A new law that allows local law enforcement agencies to quarantine property where methamphetamine has been manufactured has passed in Tennessee. The Tennessee Association of REALTORSŪ worked together with the sponsors of S.B. 2979/H.B. 2385 to craft the legislation. The law protects private property rights as well as the public health, says Rob Broome, TAR's director of governmental affairs. "Meth is the fastest growing drug problem in Tennessee," says Broome. "Properties where meth is manufactured are often found to be unfit for human use because they have been contaminated by the toxic byproducts of the cooking process." Broome adds that the production of just one pound of meth can create five-to-seven pounds of toxic waste. Under the new law, the state Department of Health can enter any property where meth was manufactured, including leased property such as a hotel or motel room and rental house or apartment, in order to inspect and test the property to determine if the property is safe for human use. The new law goes into effect July 1, 2004. According to Broome, anyone with an ownership interest in the quarantined property-- including lien holders--can contact a state-certified industrial hygienist or other state-qualified person to perform testing and cleanup of the property. By Bridget McCrea for REALTORŪ Magazine Online

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