BRISTOL BOROUGH, Pa. (CBS) — The young couple bought the home for $190,000 after it passed inspections.
Rob Quigley and Jenn Friberg bought the home in Bristol because it was everything they were looking for.
“It was our dream house,” Friberg said.
But days after moving in, they immediately started getting sick.
“We had sore throats and headaches,” Quigley said.
“The shortness of breathe scared me, it felt like I had asthma,” Friberg said.
The young couple soon learned from a neighbor their dream home on Jefferson Avenue used to be a meth lab.
When they Googled their address, they found the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration listed the house on its clandestine laboratory registry.
“We were devastated,” Friberg said.
The couple cleaned and moved everything they could back out. After hiring a private company to test the house for methamphetamines, the results were heartbreaking.
“The tester said he wouldn’t let his kids stay here for the weekend and he certainly wouldn’t live here,” Quigley said.
They have since been living with Rob’s mom as they try to come up with the estimated $23,000 needed for a professional clean-up.
To make matters worse, legally lawyers tell them there is little they can do.
They say the last owner was arrested and went to jail in 2004 when the meth lab was discovered and state disclosure laws are limited.
“We can’t hold anyone responsible because it was sold by an executor not the person who was doing the meth,” Friberg said.
The couple is paying the mortgage.
They started a blog to document their problems.
Reported By: Todd Quinones, CBS 3