Western Australia's ice epidemic could impact homeowners with the State Government set to consider mandatory testing for methamphetamine contamination in rental properties. The move to test if houses have been used as drug labs, or had residue from meth use, would be an Australian first, according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia. Compulsory testing will be raised in a review of the Residential Tenancies Act, with a consultation paper expected to be released in coming months.
SOURCE: ABC News
Rental properties can become contaminated when tenants recreational use, or manufacture meth on the premises. The contamination levels vary depending on the situation – manufacturing or ‘cooking’ meth can result in homes needing to be stripped and cleaned..
SOURCE: Property Update
A growing number of prudent home buyers and landlords are going beyond traditional pre-purchase building, pest and asbestos inspections – they are also getting their homes drug-tested. In homes that have gone undetected as meth labs or where there has been heavy use of the drug ice, chemical residue can seep into soft furnishing, carpets and even walls and ceilings, leaving unwitting new tenants or owners exposed to serious health risks.
Landlords must provide a clean and habitable property. Tenants must not use the rental property for an unlawful purpose. This includes smoking or manufacturing meth. If landlords rent out contaminated properties, they may be breaching their obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. They may also be breaching other legislation such as the Building Act 2004 and the Health Act 1956. The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019 allows for regulations to be developed to set out..
SOURCE: NZ Ministry of Business Tenancy Services
MORE than half of all Queensland homes tested for methamphetamine residue have come back with positive results, and some of the suburbs are where you would least expect it. From Chapel Hill and Chermside, to Woolloongabba, East Brisbane, Maroochydore and Upper Mount Gravatt, houses in these suburbs, and many more, tested positive to a presence of residue of methamphetamine when tested by Meth Screen between January 1 2018 and March 31 2019
LANDLORDS and prospective homebuyers are being urged to consider screening properties for meth contamination, with one testing firm saying more than half the homes in WA it analyses are tainted with ice. There are also real estate industry calls for the State Government to legislate a mandatory system similar to the zero-tolerance approach in New Zealand, where every property needs a decontamination clearance certificate.
SOURCE: Perth Now
With 64 per cent of homes testing positive for drug residue in the past year, the State Government sets to consider mandatory screening on rental properties contaminated with methamphetamine. According to the Real Estate Institute of Australia, the move to test whether properties have been used as drug labs or have residue from meth use, would be a first for Australia.
SOURCE: Szabo & Associates Solicitors