Stories about meth testing properties are popping up everywhere at the moment. However, for every answer you get, there are even more questions.
We’ve found the answers to some of your most commonly asked questions in an excerpt from a www.stuff.co.nz article. You can also read the full article here.
I’m renting a house: who’s responsible for testing?
If landlords rent out a property that is contaminated, they are breaching their obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986, as well as other legislation such as the Building Act and the Health Act.
However there is no obligation for landlords to test their property and, while they must decontaminate it before it is re-tenanted under the Residential Tenancies Act, their duty does not extend to disclosing its history to prospective tenants unless asked.
If they do test a property during a lease, they are required to tell tenants if levels exceed or are likely to exceed acceptable guidelines.
I’m buying a house: who’s responsible for testing?
REINZ chief executive officer Colleen Milne says agents are taught to look for suspicious signs, and suggest testing to owners. Agents should also recommend buyers get independent expert advice.
Police and some local authorities have procedures to notify local councils when they identify contaminated properties.
If you’re selling a house, you’re required to tell prospective buyers of any level of methamphetamine present.
How much does it cost to fix meth contamination?
The costs of sorting out contamination vary wildly; low-level contamination may pose no risk to health and not require any action, while high-level contamination can require a property be destroyed.
Costs for detailed testing range from $3,000-$10,000. Decontamination can range from $2,000-$50,000.
As well as costing a lot of money, this process can take a long time. With rental properties, this can lead to a loss of income. Most people should expect to spend between $10,000-$50,000, plus the cost of reinstatement.
What should you do if your house is contaminated?
Currently, there are no requirements to tell the Police or local council about a positive test result. However, it’s recommended you do as it may help with their investigations.
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