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Thursday, May 20, 2010

You Might Have to Tell Your Realtor If You Cooked Meth in Your Basement

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 11:12 AM

The dishwasher doesnt stay, but this handy meth-set does.
  • The dishwasher doesn't stay, but this handy meth-set does.

If you — or, you know, "someone" — has cooked crystal meth in your basement or your 1989 Ford Taurus, Ohio wants everyone to know about it. The Ohio House passed a bill that would require you to disclose whether your house was ever used in a Breaking Bad-way to potential buyers. Could get awkward.

"Listen, the bay window in the family room provides spectacular views of the sunset."

Oh, wonderful.

"All appliances have been updated in the last five years. The hardwood floors are the originals. Brand new, energy-efficient windows were installed last summer."

Terrific, I'm prepared to make an offer.

"And, by the way, that smell coming from the basement is normal. I used to cook meth down there."

The bill now goes to the Senate. Details on the Methamphetamine Awareness and Notification Act from the AP after the jump.

The House on Wednesday unanimously passed the Methamphetamine Awareness and Notification Act, which also creates a public database of meth-tainted properties and vehicles.

State Rep. Stephen Dyer, a Democrat from Green in suburban Akron, says the goal is to stop people from unknowingly purchasing or leasing properties and vehicles contaminated by meth.

Dyer introduced the bill three years ago but it languished in debates over liability, cleanup standards and how a property could be removed from the public database.

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