Q: Can a property that has been found to be contaminated by substances or chemicals used in meth manufacturing be prohibited from being in use or occupied?

Yes. A county or local health department or sheriff shall order that any property or portion of a property that has been found to be a clandestine lab site and contaminated by substances, chemicals or items of any kind used in the manufacture of meth,

  • or any part of the manufacture of meth;
  • or any part of the manufacturing process;
  • or the by-products or degradates of manufacturing meth be prohibited from being occupied or used until the property has been assessed and remediated as provided in the Department of Health’s (“MDH”) clandestine drug labs general cleanup guidelines (“Guidelines”). (See MN Statute 152.0275.)

The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 member who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry. 

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