Owners must disclose if meth was made prior to property sale

June 19, 2019

Owners selling their property will now be required to notify their buyers if their property has been the site of methamphetamine manufacture. The bill was signed into law by Maine Governor Janet Mills following unanimous passage by both houses of the Maine legislature. The bill was sparked after it was learned that residents in a multi-unit apartment building in Sanford were allowed to re-occupy their apartments after the discovery of a meth lab in one of the units in 2017. Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming have similar laws. 

The bill did have opposition. During a February public hearing, Andy Cashman, an attorney and lobbyist for Preti Flaherty speaking on behalf of the Maine Association of Realtors, said the agency opposed the bill. "We oppose the bill because it is unnecessary since the existing seller disclosure law already requires the proposed disclosure," Cashman said.