Issues with Buying a Meth Contaminated Property
The chemical residual waste products created during cooking and smoking methamphetamine are extremely hazardous to both humans and pets, rendering a meth property unsafe and unlivable without adequate decontamination. A meth site decreases not only the value of the property itself but also devalues all of the properties which surround it. Indoor residues are fairly permanent and can last for decades because they are protected from sun and microorganism breakdown; not only are replaceable furnishings affected, but also permanent structural elements such as gyprock, flooring, air ducts and more.
If you are considering buying a property with possible Meth contamination, the property should be tested. If the testing proves positive for Methamphetamine, carefully consider the amount of decontamination needed in order to make the property livable. If the Meth contamination is not properly removed and all necessary precautions are not taken, the inhabitants of the property may suffer the effects of a meth-contaminated property for decades.
If you are still interested in purchasing the home that has tested positive for Meth, you can negotiate with the seller to include the cost of the decontamination into the closing costs of the house. If the seller and buyer can come to an agreement, the sale can still go through.
A search of local council records may be required to ensure no environmental orders have been issued on the property. If an environmental/cleanup order is issued on the property by the local council the property can not be sold until decontamination and subsequent clearance testing has confirmed that the property has been successfully decontaminated.
For Methamphetamine decontamination cleanup contact DeconASSIST. Book a free consultation with us we can point you in the right direction