Overview

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

Meth, the Forgotten Killer, is Back. And It's Everywhere (The New York Times, February 13, 2018)

Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup (Environmental Protection Agency, March 21, 2017)

What Is Methamphetamine? (National Institute on Drug Abuse, February 2017)

Methamphetamine Lab Incidents 2004-2014 (Drug Enforcement Administration)

Real Estate Issues

A Nearby Meth Lab Can Mean a Big Price Hit for Homeowners—Even After They've Been Cleaned Up (London School of Economics, United States Politics and Policy, December 14, 2017)

Meth Residue Lurking in Montana Homes, Thanks to Decades-old Law (KTVQ, July 17, 2017)

How Can I Buy a Drug Dealer’s Burned-out House Next Door? (Bankrate, Jan. 8, 2016)

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

eBooks & Other Resources

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The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Complete Book of Home Inspection (Kindle, PDF eBook)

Home Buyer's Checklist (Kindle, PDF eBook)

Home Buying for Dummies (Kindle, PDF eBook)

Inspect Before You Buy (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

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Death and Disclosure: Legal Strategies for Dealing with Stigmatized Property (October Research Corporation, 2007)


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