A Meth Contaminated Property
There’s no question about it. The effects of crystal meth on its users are
devastating. This synthetic stimulant is highly addictive, made of toxic
ingredients, and can cause permanent mental and physical damage.
Here in Montana, 1% of adults reported using methamphetamine in 2016. When
the COVID-19 pandemic drove Treasure State residents into their homes,
laboratory and law enforcement reports indicated an increase in the use of
this highly addictive drug. One lab even reported a 34% increase in urine
samples testing positive for meth use just after the national emergency
was declared in March 2020.
Tragically, it’s not always just the meth users and those who make it that
are harmed. Meth can damage the properties, causing unwitting tenants or
new owners to suffer horrible side effects from lingering chemicals that
are hiding in the walls, carpets, or furniture. In recent years, anecdotal
information from Billings-area abatement specialists reported signs of
meth contamination in more than half of the rental properties they are
If you are planning to buy, sell or rent property in Montana, you must
understand how this toxic stimulant can damage property, what insurance
will and will not cover, and what you should do if a property has meth
contamination. To ensure a smooth, successful sale or purchase, begin by
employing a Montana-certified methamphetamine lab cleanup contractor to
test the space and remediate it if necessary. Here’s what you need to know
about cleanup and insurance coverage for a meth contaminated property.