Methamphetamine contamination can be a major problem for real estate buyers, sellers, owners, renters and related professionals. This website offers resources for people whose lives have been affected by illicit drug residue and those who wish to avoid it.
Chemical fumes and vapors ride on the natural air flow currents in buildings. Heat naturally rises taking fumes upward in what is called a stack effect. Hot air rises and will find any openings to escape through. If those openings are unsealed cracks in at the bottom of wall board, or channels created by framing that escape through outlets, switches and light fixtures. The chemical fumes that are a by-product of the drug seep into plaster, paint, carpet, the walls, furnishings and the floor, and it is very difficult to remediate properly. Decontaminating the house can require completely gutting a property to a shell and in some cases it can be cheaper to demolish. In New Zealand, meth contamination has become such a problem that home insurers like IAG have recently increased premiums and excess levels.
Real Estates and Property Managers have a Duty of Care to their clients to ensure every residence is free from contamination and provide the client with Peace of Mind. A failure to disclose methamphetamine contamination may result in an agent being liable for misleading or deceptive conduct.
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