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Real Estate Sellers Could Issue Meth Lab Disclosures

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If you're buying a house nowadays, you will come across a lot of disclosures from leaks in the ceilings to unsafe conditions of the property.  A proposed bill by an Iowa state senator could soon add one more item to that disclosure list forcing home sellers to add if meth was once made, sold, used, or stored in the house.  Sharon Carlson with the Quad City Realtor Association agrees with the measure and says buyers should have the right to know because of the health risks associated with the drug.  

"During the production of meth every part of the home is permeated by the chemical used," said Carlson. "So having that disclosure on there so the buyer knows whether or not meth has been produced is the important part so they can decide if they want to live there."

But, Jennifer Kingland with the Iowa Association Of Realtors sees this as threat to home sales, also affecting future home sales in that neighborhood.

"That's kind of all it would do. It would always hurt that property making it known as a meth home," said Jennifer Kingland.   "When you get a property stigmatized like that it devastates neighborhoods as far as their assessments and evaluations go which is never a place we want to be."

The final decision will come down to lawmakers who will decide the fate of the bill.

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