An Act To Impose Requirements on the Rental of Residential Property That Has Been Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine
Sec. 1. 14 MRSA §6030-H is enacted to read:
§ 6030-H. Properties used in the manufacture of methamphetamine
For the purposes of this section, a landlord or other person who on behalf of a landlord enters into a lease or tenancy at will agreement for residential property has reason to have known that a property has been used in the manufacture of methamphetamine if criminal charges have been filed against any person under Title 17-A, section 1124 alleging that methamphetamine has been manufactured at the property.
This bill requires that landlords and other persons entering into a lease or tenancy at will agreement for residential property ensure that property used in the manufacture of methamphetamine be decontaminated and tested in accordance with the standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency's March 2013 revised edition of the Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup or other standards established in rule by the Department of Economic and Community Development. The bill also requires that landlords and other persons entering into a lease or tenancy at will agreement disclose to the potential tenant or lessee that a property has been used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The bill makes violation of these provisions a civil violation, punishable by a fine of up to $500, and also states that failure to decontaminate or disclose constitutes a breach of the implied warranty of fitness for human habitation. The bill gives the Department of Economic and Community Development authority to adopt rules to implement these provisions.