Scripps Howard News Service examined state laws across the country, looking for those specifically requiring home sellers, landlords, car sellers and hotel owners to disclose meth contamination to prospective buyers and renters. Only 28 states compel home sellers or real estate agents to tell buyers of previous meth contamination. Just 17 states mandate landlords tell tenants, and only 14 states make hotels disclose contamination. In several states if meth damage has been cleaned up, or "remediated," no disclosure is required. In 42 states car sellers do not have to tell buyers about possible meth residue in the vehicle.
Credit: Scripps Foundation interns Kamrel Eppinger, Jory Heckman, Monica Ibrahim, Matt Nelson, Tanya Parker, Kristopher Rivera and Emily Wilkins.