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WHY TEST?

  • Meth labs operate in all suburbs in New Zealand

  • Meth Contamination is generally invisible, even when you know it is present

  • Meth Contamination of a property can pose a serious health risk to the occupants

  • Insurance cover is becoming more difficult to get and has its limitations

  • Expensive remediation work to rectify the contamination levels

  • Recently tenants have been awarded damages by proving their property was contaminated, this was at the expense of the owner

  • A benchmark level needs to be recognised at the beginning of a tenancy to hold the tenant responsible for any damage during the tenancy. Without a test prior to a tenant moving into the property it would be impossible to prove there was not contamination there when they moved in and the cost of any decontamination would be that of the owner
  • With the current Residential Tenancy Act law requiring tenants to be given a 48 hour notice prior to an inspection, tenants have 2 days to remove or conceal any drug paraphernalia, this makes it difficult for the property manager to identify until after the damage is done

  • Meth labs move from property to property, contaminating each one as they move

  • Levels set by the Ministry of Health as guidelines mean many properties are being contaminated by people using methamphetamine as a social drug, it is no longer a clandestine laboratory creating the damage. This has dramatically changed the percentage of homes that require decontamination.

  • Meth is now a very well recognised issue in New Zealand and is having a huge impact on real estate

  • Risks of testing a property without adequate training is great. The most serious risk is the tester interpreting the test result wrongly and providing a false negative test. People may be purchasing or renting properties with a false reassurance and only discover this when it is too late.