The Risks of Buying or Selling a Meth-Contaminated Property
Imagine the following Scenario.
You recently purchased a property for your growing family. You undertook building inspections for white ants etc., but not for Methamphetamine (Meth) contamination from previous drug use on the property.
You had checked with the agent regarding the presence of a clan lab. Whilst denying a clan lab was ever on the property, the agent failed to disclose drug use by previous occupants.
Shortly after moving in, your children became ill, neighbours spoke of previous occupants’ drug-related behaviour. Your research uncovered that using meth contaminates the property. You realise that the previous owner knew this, and so did the agent.
You had purchased a contaminated property that you can no longer live in, your furniture etc., is contaminated, and now you would have to remediate at your expense.
If you think it can’t happen to you. Think again.
As Meth use (or Ice as it is known) grows at an alarming rate, too many properties are becoming contaminated. Some owners are doing a quick DIY clean up, repainting, maybe fitting a new bathroom or kitchen to make the property look good and then selling it to rid themselves of the expense of remediation.
Allowing a contaminated home to be sold leaves the previous owner and their agent exposed to legal action and claims for compensation, especially if the new occupant can prove that the agent and/ or owner knew of drug use on the premises and failed to disclose this.
For help and advice, contact Australian Meth Inspectors – www.australianmethinspectors.com.au
Stay tuned for – The Risks of Renting a Contaminated Property – Tenants Perspective
Yvonne Lacey OAM