Meth Labs in Canada
Meth labs in Canada can be nightmare for average home owner or Real Estate Investor. One of the most increasingly common used drugs in today’s society is Methamphetamine. Meth is a very powerful illegal drug. This drug not only has its downfalls while using it, but also when producing this sort of drug. There are many different forms of this drug, such as crystal meth, crank and lith. These drugs are used by snorting, smoking, and inserting needles.
There are roughly 52,000 meth users and 270,000 ecstasy users in Canada. Using a random sample of nearly 13,000 Canadians age 15 and older in 2009, the Canadian Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey found past year prevalence rates of 0.1% for methamphetamine, 0.4% for “speed” and 0.9% for ecstasy (CADUMS 2009).
Every year, homes are sold to unsuspected buyers without having an idea that the house they are purchasing was formally a meth labs. The police discover thousands of meth labs each year. In some cities, there are no rules or regulations for sellers to disclose the history of the property. Thousands of meth users do not check if the house is contaminated before selling it.
There are some ways to ensure that a meth labs was not previously being produced in your home. Buyers may check out the property’s deed with the clerk at the county’s office as it might be registered or they can go to a local police station to inquire about the house.
Many other ways to discover if a meth labs exists are by noticing a nasty smell like a cat’s urine or powerful chemicals scents. Meth lab properties tend to have their windows covered at all times or no windows at all with frequent visitors at during the night or irregular hours of the day. Meth lab equipment is very dangerous. Meth users will have high quantity of garbage. While inspecting these houses, you may come across rubber gloves, dusk masks, propane tanks, and certain substances like paint, drain cleaners, acid and iodine.
Although, if no signs are visible, it is possible to detect meth labs by purchasing meth labs kits for $55. If these tests are positive, the buyer can decide to get professional meth labs detection for about $600. Cleaning these properties may cost about $10, 000.
Meth users tend to have disordered lives. They leave in privacy and tend not to communicate with the community. The properties are left abandoned and in a mess and they lose their homes to foreclosure, which are resold for cut-price.
In Canada, the number of Meth labs seized increased by 925% from 1993 – 2003. The CBC news reports that Toronto taxpayers will pay for meth lab cleanups. A duplex was raided by the police in Toronto, on Woburn Avenue. This property was rented with the tenants producing meth.
The production of meth labs caused an environmental and structural damage, which involves an extensive cleanup.
In the mean time, the Real Estate Board is asking the Ontario government to help inform future owners if certain properties have related histories. In Toronto, Realtors are compelled to disclose information about the property they are selling, but in many cases they are unaware of the history themselves.
The province currently has no database that can detect the history of a property or tell us if there was a meth lab or a grow-op. This seems to be a major problem which needs a solution quickly.
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