The Colorado Real Estate Commission has received complaints from buyers that they were shown contaminated meth lab homes by Colorado realtors. One of those complaints came from a pregnant buyer who said that a realtor showed her a home that had not been decontaminated. The Commission says that it is investigating the allegations and is working on educating real estate brokers about meth labs.
According to Colorado law, once a property owner has received official notification that their property has been used as a meth lab, they have two choices. They can decontaminate the home according to the standards set by the State Board of Health OR they can have the property demolished. If they elect to have the property torn down, Colorado law mandates that the property owner fence off the area to make it inaccessible to the public. Until the property has been decontaminated or condemned, the owner can not allow anyone to enter the property.
Colorado’s meth lab statute requires that realtors and brokers take precautions before taking a potential buyer to view a property. If a seller or a landlord tells them that their property was previously used as a meth lab or other illegal drug lab and it has not been decontaminated, they can not enter the property, nor can they show it to interested buyers of renter. The statute also denies access to real estate appraisers.
The Colorado Real Estate Commission hopes to educate brokers about the statute to prevent any further complaints. They warn that future incidences of non-compliance with the statue may result in disciplinary action.