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Claiming meth testing cost from the tenant

The recent publication of Brooking v Imrie [2020] NZTT Timaru 4216438 gives some insight, albeit sketchy, into what the Tribunal looks for when ordering a tenant to compensate the landlord for meth testing. The facts This is a cross-application case concerning a periodic tenancy from July 2017 to October 2019. The circumstance of the tenant’s exit was somewhat unusual. The ...
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Can you test for meth yourself?

This week's question comes from Clifford (paraphrased): Is there such a thing as meth test kits? Can they be used by landlords to carry out meth tests at rental properties and are the test results valid? Yes, they are such things as meth test kits which can be used by landlords to test for the presence of meth at your rental property. You will need to meet t...
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The Tribunal's position on meth

This week's question comes from Pat (paraphrased): Considering the inconclusiveness of what is a 'safe' level of meth presence, how would the Tenancy Tribunal decide on cases concerning the landlord's obligation to provide a safe home with respect to meth? You are right in pointing out the two competing opinions on what is considered 'safe' when it comes to traces of meth ...
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Stephen Hegh: Methamphetamine – where are we now?

The 2019 Residential Tenancies Amendment Act (RTAA) moved things forward… a bit. Landlords can now access the property to test for meth contamination. But the elephant in the room remains: what is the acceptable maximum level of meth presence at a rental property? Standards New Zealand says it is 1.5µg/100cm2, Sir Peter Gluckman says 15µg/100cm2, The Residential Tenancies ...
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Peter Lewis: What landlords need to know about meth contamination

There has been a lot of confusion and debate about acceptable standards of methamphetamine contamination in rental housing. When the problem first surfaced, it was generally held that any level of meth in a property was a breach of the landlord’s requirement to provide a clean and safe house at the start of the tenancy. Several Tenancy Tribunal rulings at that time imposed large ...
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Peter Lewis: Progress on The Methamphetamine Contamination Issue

After considerable discussion and input from a number of interested parties including the Property Investors Federation, the New Zealand Standard NZS 8510:2017 on the testing and decontamination of methamphetamine contaminated properties was released in August last year. Most landlords want to provide properties that are safe and secure for their tenants, but are naturally also concerne...
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Meth: a tale of woe

Peter Lewis recounts the below experience of an APIA member clawing his way through a meth contamination nightmare. Take a read: Joe (not his real name of course) owns a property in the northern suburbs of Auckland. There are three residential houses on this property, and Joe rents them all out to support himself in his old age. After one of the houses became vacant, Joe retained the p...
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