Thank you for the link. I found this statement in the article provided:
(Existing laws require agents for the seller to disclose known safety hazards. But because the new rule exempts sellers from disclosing that the property once housed a meth lab if they have cleaned the property according to state standards, Cowperthwaite says a seller who cleaned his property may not wish to mention its past. Yet the agent could be liable to a buyer who later learns the history).
The last sentence their states, "Yet the agent could be liable to a buyer who later learns the history." What does that mean?
Unfortunately the way the new contract is written you have a time period to check if it was a meth lab before you close. Colorado law also now says that if the home was cleaned up to meet the state standards then the seller does not have to disclose the fact. Here is an article from the Denver post back in 2007 that sheds some light on the subject.
Sorry you are in this situation, you should be able to sell this house without any issues just like the seller sold it to you.
Keller Williams Realty
If you use a Realtor or the Realtor that listed the knew or knows the home was a "meth Lab" must disclose the fact that the home was a "meth Lab".
I'm very sorry you've found yourself in this situation.
What that means (your most recent question) is that the broker who had the listing when you bought the house, and potentially the agent who represented you as well (assuming these were two different people) MAY have some liability in all this IF either or both knew of the history, but didn't tell you.
A couple other comments:
First, many aspects of how this situation is handled have changed since 2004.
Second, while the other statements about the property being cleaned up are true, my understanding is that there isn't actually a 'standard' or measurement applied. So - The house may have been scrubbed down with 409 - or it may have gotten all new walls and floors - or maybe it was somewhere in between. BUT - there isn't any state agency that comes out and somehow 'certifies' is as being clean. I've heard some supposed experts say that the only way to really 'clean' a meth house is to tear it down - but that's probably an over-reaction.
So - I agree with the other suggestions that you need to talk to an attorney (soon), and you might also want to call the county health department. I seem to recall that they have the ability to come out and test the house somehow (air samples, wall board samples - something like that) to see if there is any residual contamination. If there isn't, then at least you can sleep at night knowing the risk to you and your family may not be that great. If there still IS contamination, then you can assess how great the risk really is, and this will also give you more ammunition in talking to the attorney.
Regardless of the results, you might want to move anyway, if only because you might never again be completely comfortable there. However - try not to make this an emotional decision, particularly if the house tests clean.
Please let me know if I can help in any other way - getting you new comps for the area or whatever.
...and good luck...
The other Answers are correct. I think you are in the home and might think about selling it.
Although the Law says if it is "cleaned Up" to Colorado Standards there is still "ethics" involved.
If you decide to disclose or not think about how you feel and if you want the new buyer to go through what you have.
Keller Williams DTC
Unfortunately, it was not stated on the disclosure I signed. Nothing at all stating that it used to be a former meth lab. The disclosure did say "As Is" but I think we should have been informed about the meth part at least.. Thanks for you advice, I just feel so stressed out about this whole thing :(