Close to 70% of all Meth Labs are found in residential properties, with a high percentage of those in rental properties. Keep in mind that authorities in the US, NZ and Australia agree that only 1 in 10 meth labs are ever found. In the 5 years between 2010 and 2015 in Australia there were 3,680 clandestine laboratories detected. The number of addict based labs increased from 51.6% last year to 60.9% in 2014-15. Meth contamination in residential properties doesn’t disappear on its own it needs to be removed by a certified cleaner.
As there are possibly thousands of rental properties throughout Australia that were once used to manufacture the drug ICE and will most certainly test positive to meth contamination, even if they have been given a makeover with a bit of paint and a few alterations, it could be time for landlords to revisit their obligations in regards to providing a habitable premise.
What happens if a landlord is found to be providing a meth contaminated rental?
Meth contamination can also be caused by users of crystal meth smoking the drug indoors.
IPSM can help landlords in their efforts to protect their investment properties from damage caused by the manufacture of the drug Ice.
“The Ice Breaker” will alert landlords via a text message when their investment property is being used as a meth lab.
Through our Meth Testing service we will test for Meth contamination in residential properties in the following Sydney Suburbs.
Australian Landlords need to take notice of this as it is a huge problem in New Zealand, and only a matter of time until potential tenants and purchasers of ex rental properties start asking for a meth test before signing the tenancy or purchase agreement. Already in NZ some banks are asking for a clear meth test on an ex rental property before they will release funds.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to clarify any concerns you may have regarding meth contamination.
Posted on November 10, 2016