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Friberg and Rob Quigley bought their four-bedroom house on Jefferson Avenue in March. The 108-year-old house had everything they were looking for in a starter home: old world charm, a backyard and plenty of space for a nursery in the future.
The location outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was ideal -- equal distance from their jobs, near the Delaware River and within the city's historic district.
Priced at $190,000, the house was within their budget and the independent home inspection gave the all-clear.
The couple also received a certificate of approval from the borough inspector stating that a general inspection revealed "no imminent hazards" and the home was "in compliance" with borough codes.
The couple thought they had done everything right.
Days after buying their first home together, Jenn Friberg and Rob Quigley found out it used to be a meth house.But there was one thing missing from the to-do list for the first-time homebuyers: a test for methamphetamine.
Roughly five days after they moved in, Quigley learned from a neighbor that the house had been a meth lab.
Shocked, he retreated indoors and typed his new address into a Google search bar. There it was in black and white: Their home was listed on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Clandestine Laboratory Registry, a list of addresses where local authorities have reported finding drug manufacturing facilities or dumps.
The couple complained of having headaches, sore throats and difficulty breathing after moving in -- all symptoms of possible methamphetamine exposure.
Originally posted by elevatedone
Shouldn't the sellers have to disclose? I mean they have to about termites for one thing, why not if something illegal has taken place in the house?edit on 29-11-2010 by elevatedone because: changed previous owners to sellers