Environmental Risks

Due Diligence Information for Home Buyers Who Have Successfully Contracted to Purchase a House

It is buyer’s responsibility to determine whether there are environmental hazards such as hydrocarbon, chemical, carbon, asbestos, mold, methamphetamine, radon gas, lead-based paint, or any other toxic materials that are of concern.

METHAMPHETAMINE LABORATORIES

The Tulsa and Broken Arrow police departments’ Web sites have the location of properties where they have found a methamphetamine (Meth) lab on the premises.

Here is an interactive map where you can insert your address and see a map indicating where there have been meth lab explosions over the past ten years throughout the United States.

A link to a map of Tulsa meth labs can be found by going to the Tulsa Police Department’s map of Meth Labs.

MOLD, ASBESTOS, AND RADON GAS

The Buyer can call the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) (918) 293-1600, for information regarding mold, asbestos, and radon gas or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) web site for EPA publications on mold, asbestos and radon gas.

At the time of inspections, the Buyer can request an environmental inspection if they suspect one is necessary.

The Buyer can also go to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Web site for a list of lead-based paint inspectors, some of whom also do mold inspections.

To see a map of radon risk potential by county, go to the EPA Map of Radon Zones.

Other related links can be found on the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission web site.

LEAD-BASED PAINT

Protect your family from lead in your homeWith regard to properties built BEFORE 1978, the HUD regulations require that the Buyer receive the Seller’s Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint and Lead-Based Hazards, the EPA booklet entitled Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home, and the following written warning:

    • Every purchaser of any interest in residential real property on which a residential dwelling was built prior to 1978 is notified that such property may present exposure to lead from lead-based paint that may place young children at risk of developing lead poisoning. Lead poisoning in young children may produce permanent neurological damage, including learning disabilities, reduced intelligence quotient, behavioral problems, and impaired memory. Lead poisoning also poses a particular risk to pregnant women.
    • The seller of any interest in residential real property is required to provide the buyer with any information on lead-based paint hazards from risk assessments or inspections in the seller’s possession and notify the buyer of any known lead-based paint hazards. A risk assessment or inspection for possible lead-based paint hazards is recommended prior to purchase.