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Mandatory disclosures in Missouri

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2022 | Real Estate Law

Are you getting ready to buy or sell a home in Missouri? You should be aware that there are certain things that you are required by law to disclose. If you are the owner of a property where methamphetamine was produced, you must notify a potential buyer. If you are the buyer, you have the right to know about this.

If meth was made, you must disclose

The responsibility to disclose is one of the central features of real estate law in the state of Missouri. This statute applies with especial force to any property that hosted a facility for the production of meth. If you are the seller, you must disclose that the drug was made on the property.

What are the terms of the disclosure?

There are very specific terms to be aware of in a real estate disclosure. You must make a potential buyer aware of the fact that the home was used as a lab for the production or storage of illegal drugs.

You are also required to disclose the fact that the previous occupant was convicted of any of the following crimes:

  • Creation of a controlled substance
  • Possession of ephedrine with the intention to make methamphetamine
  • Illegal use of drug paraphernalia with the intent to make meth
  • Endangering the welfare of any children on the premises
  • Other crimes related to meth or its salts, optical isomers and salts of its optical isomers

You must also inform them if the previous occupant was convicted of producing or selling the drugs that were made on the property. Even if there was no conviction, meth was still made there and you must disclose this fact. This rule is subject to the provision that you must have knowledge of drug production.