How not to buy a crack house

 There was a news story recently about a woman who bought a foreclosure and it turned out to be a crack house.  When home owners list their homes they are required to use a sellers disclosure and disclose that the house has been used to make meth amphetamine.  I am not making that up. 

In most cases with bank owned properties there is a non-disclosure because the bank doesn’t know anything about the property so they provide a document that says we don’t know what if anything is wrong with the property but what ever it is if anything it isn’t our fault and if you buy the home you buy it “as is”.


In general I seriously doubt if anyone is going to state that they have made meth amphetamine in their home.  It is after all against the law and banks do not provide information about the property because they don’t have information and lets face it they really don’t care they just want the home sold and they don’t want to get sued.

Please have a home inspection and talk to neighbors if possible. Go to the local police department and check for police calls to the home.  Former meth labs can be cleaned up.  The EPA has some guidelines

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6 Replies to “How not to buy a crack house”

  1. I love your suggestion about talking to the neighbors. Most of the time the neighbors know exactly what is really been happening in the neighborhood and around the home. Having a feasibility addendum may also give the buyer more time to do this

    1. Teresa Boardman says:

      In Minnesota we usually use an inspection addendum.

  2. crack = meth in MN?

    1. Teresa Boardman says:

      they are two different drugs.

  3. you have to disclose a meth house, not a crack house

    1. Teresa Boardman says:

      There is a special disclosure for meth and there is a place to disclose a meth house on the sellers disclosure. A crack house should also be disclosed as it could affect the use or enjoyment of the property.

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