In Australia, the owner of the property has an obligation to ensure the property is safe for future use. However, at this stage there are no laws enforcing disclosure of previous meth activity that may have occurred in the property. This leaves owners, real estate agents and new tenants or home buyers exposed. Contamination may have occurred at any time in the properties history, and the toxic chemicals are not ones that disappear quickly – they can continue to have adverse effects for years.
Its safer to be sure that you’re not selling, renting or living in a potentially contaminated property – some councils will recommend a swab test to be submitted in higher risk areas.
As the number of drug labs – discovered and undiscovered continues to increase – tentants are increasingly at higher risk .