The production of methamphetamine is alarmingly simple, composed of readily available, household items. The resulting chemical cocktail permeates nearly every surface of the home and property, exposure to which can lead to cancer, organ damage, and numerous other health problems, particularly to children. The effects on homes and property are long-lasting and cleanup requires a hazardous materials team. This topic contains information for REALTORS® and property managers regarding warning signs, disclosure laws, and hazardous effects of meth and meth labs upon humans and property.


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How to Identify a Methamphetamine (Meth) Lab

  • Unusually strong odors
  • Blacked out windows
  • Excessive trash
  • Traffic at unusual times
  • Discolored walls
  • Large amount of clear glass containers

Source: How to Identify a Methamphetamine (Meth) Lab, Boulder County, Colorado

Methamphetamine Information

Voluntary guidelines for methamphetamine laboratory cleanup, (Environmental Protection Agency, Apr. 21, 2016).

Drug facts: methamphetamine, (National Institute on Drug Abuse, Jan. 2014).

Voluntary guidelines for methamphetamine laboratory cleanup, (Environmental Protection Agency, Sept. 13, 2013).

Methamphetamine lab incidents 2004-2012, (Drug Enforcement Administration, Jan. 27, 2013).

Real Estate Issues

Meth lab discovery halts Concord property’s sale, (Concord Monitor, July 9, 2016).

How can I buy a drug dealer’s burned-out house next door?, (Bankrate, Jan. 8, 2016).

Buy a meth house unawares and pay the health consequences, (NPR, July 1, 2015).

What’s lurking behind those walls?, (REALTOR® Magazine, Sept. 2014).

Local effects on valuation, (Finweek, October 24, 2013). E

Sellers Required Disclosures [NAR member access only], (National Association of REALTORS®, June 2013).

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A drug lab? On my property?, (Texas REALTOR®, Sept./Oct. 2005).

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