Mark your calendar! The Hankins family have been scheduled to appear on Anderson Live on Monday, October 22nd, to discuss what their family has experienced since they unknowingly bought a former meth lab home from Freddie Mac. The Hankins, who started an online petition (see below) about Freddie Mac’s practice of selling former meth lab homes to buyers, has thus far attracted over 20o,000 signers.
Freddie Mac: Stop selling former meth labs to unsuspecting buyers
When my wife and I learned that we could afford a home, we thought it was too good to be true. It turned out that it was. Within weeks of moving in, my wife, my two year old son, and I all started experiencing terrible dry-mouth and mouth sores. Then we started to have trouble breathing, and I developed sinus headaches and nosebleeds. It was so hard watching my son scream in pain when he tried to eat or even drink water. That’s when we learned why we were getting sick: our new home used to be a meth lab.
My home was contaminated with methamphetamine. But even worse, it was filled with traces of the toxic stew used to cook the drug. In a sense, my family got off easy – we learned why we were getting sick early on. Other families spend years unaware that their homes are making them sicker. Children my son’s age sometimes develop lifelong illnesses and developmental disabilities as a result of their exposure to these chemicals.
Freddie Mac advertises “Our qualifying homes come with a reviewed title, and a repaired living space making them easier to sell and improving home values in your territory. We sell our homes responsibly. Freddie Mac is committed to having the best property maintenance and sales standards in the country.” We had no reason to expect otherwise. Instead, they irresponsibly sold us a ticking time bomb of dangerous chemicals without even telling us. Meanwhile, we’ve had to make our mortgage payments in addition to renting a new home and replacing all of our personal items that became contaminated from being in the house.
Freddie Mac won’t take any responsibility for misleading us about the safety of our home, and attorneys just tell us that we should’ve read the fine print. Tell that to my son. Simply walking away will not only negatively impact our credit, but would enable banks to continue this trend of severe negligence.
My family is drowning, and we need your help. Please sign my petition demanding that Freddie Mac cover the cost of decontaminating our home, in addition to covering our housing costs and cost of replacing our furniture and other household items. Most importantly, we want Freddie Mac to start regularly testing the homes it sells for meth contamination, just like it would for lead paint. Even more than our own woes, we are deeply concerned that this could happen to you.