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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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NZS8510 - What property owners need to know about meth decontamination and detection standards for now

Standards New Zealand has, as of yesterday, published Draft Number DZ8510 - NZS8510 - Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties for public comment. Though DZ8510 is but a draft which will most certainly be altered before final publication, it is an opportunity for property investors to get insight and give feedback on the likely standard. Full text of DZ851...
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Peter Lewis: The Methamphetamine Contamination Problem and What Landlords want to do about it

Peter Lewis is the Vice President of the Auckland Property Investors' Association and also sits on the board of the New Zealand Property Investors' Federation. Despite all the recent media coverage of the ‘P’ contamination problem, little has been heard from those people who are most affected – property owners and, especially, residential landlords. Most landlords want to provide ...
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Knowledge of Meth contamination "immaterial"

Landlords are becoming more aware of meth - its use, production and contaminative effects on properties and their occupants. As an organisation, we are seeing an exponential increase in overall knowledge and implementations of active risk management practices. All are positive developments to further the professionalism of residential tenancy. Unfortunately an appetite for knowled...
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Compulsory meth test?

I received a phone call from a letting agent saying that after 4th April 2016 there will be mandatory meth testing for all rental properties pre-letting and that landlords will be penalised severely if traces of meth is being detected. Can you confirm that it is correct? No, we cannot confirm that statement as being absolute correct. However the date 4th of April is telling...
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Monday catch up: 7 things we are keeping an eye on this week

1. Looks like the IRD will be given more resources to crack down on residential property speculators. 2. Auckland's housing crisis is by no means a unique phenomenon according to David Roberton. Much could be learnt from the Canadian experience. 3. Cracks are showing between the central government and the Auckland Council re the city's housing problems. 4. The Aussies are going to star...
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What to do when you suspect a meth-lab contamination?

In this week's Ask An Expert feature, Craeg Williams gives you a step-by-step response guide to any meth contamination suspicion. Two tenants who occupied a property of my recently had an acrimonious break up which resulted in one tenant moving out of the premises. The remaining tenant has given me enough information to strongly suspect the departed tenant to be a meth user. At this stage...
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How to stop tenants from 'breaking-bad'?

It was one of those shows that is entertaining on the telly but an absolute nightmare in real life. It goes without saying that Breaking Bad has hit a raw nerve in the landlord community. Residential rental properties are considered prime locations for clandestine meth labs. The high risks of fire, explosion, and toxic fumes make weekly rental payments almost negligible. More troubling s...
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