Investigation: Meth houses for sale

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by Eric Kane, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 6:24 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 6:40 AM

YORK COUNTY - When shopping for a new home, sellers are required to disclose problems like radon gas.   But there's one hidden danger that's not part of those requirements right now.

Virginia’s disclosure laws do not require sellers to notify buyers of so-called "meth houses" of possible contamination that could be dangerous to your health.

“Are we required to put it in writing?  Legally, I don’t believe we are,” said Pat Steele, chairwoman of the Hampton Roads Real Estate Association.

Respiratory problems, skin irritation and migraines are some of these reported health risks associated with living in a former meth house. Because of these risks, the General Assembly passed a new disclosure law earlier this year.

“Beginning in July 2014, if a seller or landlord has actual knowledge-- that's a key-- they have to have actual knowledge that a property has been used to manufacture methamphetamine's and has not been re-mediated or cleaned up, they're going to have the obligation to disclose it to prospective tenants and prospective purchasers on a form provided by the Virginia Real Estate board," said Blake Hegeman of the Virginia Association of Realtors.

The new law will take effect in July 2014.

In a 13News Now investigation, reporter Eric Kane found a home contaminated with meth that was recently up for sale.  Find out what his investigation uncovered Thursday on 13News Now at 6:00 p.m.
 

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