Selling a Contaminated Property

Methamphetamine contamination is considered an environmental hazard. Brokers often face problems with meth contamination of a home they are trying to sell. In these cases, the decontamination of the property is important to prevent health problems for the potential homebuyers and to provide the peace of mind that comes with proper decontamination. Although the Utah laws governing meth testing and decontamination have relaxed in recent years, any homebuyer may elect to have a property tested for Meth. If the home tests positive for Meth, the potential homebuyer often backs out of the deal unless appropriate decontamination methods have been used and the home is free of health hazards caused by Methamphetamine use or manufacturing.

AEI Decon provides professional meth clean up services using our non-corrosive, non-hazardous cleaning solution and decontamination process leave a healthy living environment for you and your family. To help the seller to afford the cost of the decontamination, AEI Decon has partnered with Surety Title to include the cost of the decontamination into the closing costs of the house. If the seller and buyer can come to an agreement, the sale can still go through. Visit Surety Title for more information.

Current rules and regulations regarding Meth decontamination and homes identified as meth labs in the state of Utah include:

“As the law stands now, any identified clandestine drug lab producing meth must be reported to the local health department and must be cleaned to meet the decontamination standards outlined in Rule 392-600 (1.0 µg/100cm²). Currently, labs are most easily identified by confirmed law enforcement seizing, or “busting” a lab.

Each local health department is required to maintain a list of each of these properties for public view. Each property will remain on the contamination list until sampling test results are less than 1.0 µg/100cm² . Once the property’s sampling tests meet the standard, the property is removed from the list. These records are available to the public through a GRAMA request. Contact your local health department for specific procedures.

Each local health department has the authority to create ordinances for their respective jurisdiction. Although understanding Rule 392-600 will provide a framework for remediation, consulting your local health department prior to beginning any decontamination process is recommended.”

(Utah Health Department)

For Meth testing, decontamination and remediation, call AEI Decon at (801) 888-6698

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