Portland family discovers their home used to be a meth lab

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

PORTLAND, Tenn. (WKRN) – Emily Williams and her family found the perfect home in Portland, Tennessee, but after living in the home for a year, they discovered some unsettling news.

“Within the last week or so I found out that it was previously a meth lab,” said Williams.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

After some research, Williams found out that in 2011 agents from the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force responded to an illegal meth lab at the property she was living in.

She says she was never told about this.

“It makes me sick. You do background checks on day cares. You don’t think you have to do background checks on a home you are renting.” said Williams.

So what can you do to make sure the home you buy or rent was not at one time a meth lab?

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) keeps a list of contaminated properties. You can also go to the Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force website and put in any address to find if it was at one time a meth lab.

“Our address was one of I believe six in Sumner County that was listed,” said Williams.

News 2 did reach out to the landlord of the property who says she did have the home cleaned after the meth lab was found.

We also checked with the company who cleaned the home. They too confirmed the home was properly cleaned and was fit to be rented.

We are still working to find out why the property is still listed on the quarantine registry.

As for the Williams they are moving out because of the discovery and will be moving to Oregon.

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