Senate Bill 5391 would require the seller of a residential property to inform the buyer if the residence was ever used to make illegal drugs.
The bill was brought to Zeiger’s attention after a couple in Maple Valley bought a house and discovered it was contaminated with methamphetamine. Drug testing is not currently required in a home inspection. After purchasing the home and moving in, the couple discovered it had been used as a meth lab. The couple and their young children were forced to vacate the residence while it was stripped down to the studs.
“This can be a serious health risk for families who buy a home with no prior knowledge that it was previously used to manufacture drugs,” said Zeiger, R-Puyallup. “We need to put in place safeguards to protect homebuyers from unexpectedly purchasing real estate that is contaminated.”
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