Following on from my recent blog “Should I Meth test my rental property”, the most critical thing that you can do as a landlord to protect your rental investments is to chose the right tenants (or better still, get me – a professional Property Manager to do it for you!)
Gone are the days when you could rely on “gut feeling” or conduct a quick reference check by calling the previous landlord.
The meth epidemic has taken things to a new level and we now need to go to extreme lengths to screen and vet potential tenants. Meth doesn’t align itself to any particular socio-economic group, nor discriminate by location – it can be found in South Auckland, Remuera, Massey or Takapuna. Criminals considering using a rental for illegal actives are choosing “softer” targets, the private landlord, as they are conceived as not being as thorough or having access to the tools utilized by most professional Property Managers.
One of the biggest problems we currently face is there are no standards for meth testing and remediation in New Zealand. In 2010, the Ministry of Health (MOH) released guidelines, which are used by councils to assess risk as to what constitutes a “safe” level of meth residue in a property.
But this is a guideline only and unfortunately has been known to be interpreted differently by different parties, including the Tenancy Tribunal.
Most people do not understand the difference between meth presence vs contamination vs toxicity, and this coupled with the fact that we currently only have one guideline level of contamination at 0.5µg per 100cm².