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My Personal Experience
I was the owner of a rental property on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The dwelling was an older style cottage in original condition with the property ideal for future redevelopment so I did not utilise a property manager.
I received calls from Sunshine Coast council and the local police on the same day each advising my tenants were the “local ice dealers”. While the tenants were selling and smoking the ice on site, the property was never used as a lab to manufacture the drug.
After inspecting the property with council I went through the process of evicting the tenant who then trashed the property.
I then claimed for compensation through insurance, however, the assessor could not enter the premises due to Workplace Health and Safety issues until a meth test had been carried out.
I had never heard of this prior, despite some 30 years working within the property industry.
It took me about 8 months chasing meth tests, lab results and multiple insurance representatives to finally reach settlement, so I decided there must be an easier way.
I gained my meth testing accreditation and we have now set a system in place to provide a quality service at an affordable price without the red tape.
Who should consider getting a meth residue drug test?
- Home Buyers: getting a meth residue drug test before you agree to buy gives you important information. You can either go ahead with the sale with confidence if the meth test result is negative, or, with a positive meth test result, either back out or negotiate with the vendor.
- Homeowners: if you have been having health issues or something your neighbour has said has worried you, then home meth testing could give you answers.
- Tenants: before you agree to rent a property, ask if the landlord carries out meth testing and, if not, ask for a meth test before you sign a contract. This will ensure the property is safe and also protects you from potential issues further into the tenancy.
- Landlords: think about getting meth testing carried out between tenants to ensure there are no issues and when you add a new property to your portfolio.
- Real estate agents: are you meeting your Duty Of Care obligations for your tenants and landlords? Offering meth testing as part of your real estate services can also help vendors and buyers.
There is an Illicit Drug Problem across our Nation
Meth use has tripled in the past five years, according to the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
But it’s not only on the streets that concern about ‘ice’ and meth (‘P’) is growing – it’s an issue that landlords and property managers are also having to face.
Meth drug labs (clan labs) are the main source of meth contamination.
Manufacturing of meth poses a far greater threat to the safety of the home and the health of its occupants.
Rentals should be checked for meth contamination – it is usually invisible so meth testing is the only way to confirm or refute its presence.
Meth Residue in a Home can be a Health Hazard
High levels of meth residue can pose health risks.
Chemical residue can seep into soft furnishings, carpets, timber floors and door frames, and even walls and ceilings.
While you often can’t see the toxins, you may be made painfully aware of their presence – stinging eyes, nose and throat irritation, respiratory problems, rashes, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, fatigue, blurry vision and headache are common reactions to meth contamination.
Children, adults and pets living in meth-contaminated dwellings have been known to suffer ill-effects of exposure.
Landlords & Property Managers can be Held Liable for Tenant Health Problems
Landlords have a legal obligation to provide a safe rental property.
Property managers also have a duty of care to protect the health and safety of tenants.
Any lingering toxins present a liability risk and allowing a meth contaminated home to be occupied may breach the Residential Tenancies Act in their state/territory or contravene building, environmental and health legislation, leaving landlords and agents exposed to legal action and claims for compensation.
If a lab is identified, the agent may be protected by their Professional Indemnity insurance for any allegations of professional negligence.
Agents should check their policy because they often contain a “pollution” exclusion clause.
Landlords also need to check if their Landlord Insurance provides specific coverage for the discovery of a meth lab.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is meth?
Methamphetamine is also known as meth or ice and is a very addictive drug which affects the central nervous system. Meth is usually smoked but it can also be dissolved in liquid and injected or snorted. People can become addicted to meth from the first time they try it.
Meth is fairly easy to make and can be manufactured from common household items almost anywhere, including suburban homes.
Is there a difference between a house lived in by a meth user and a property used as a meth lab for manufacture?
Does living in a meth contaminated house cause health problems?
There are some health issues associated with living in meth contaminated homes. These include respiratory issues, headaches, dizziness, nausea and skin problems. Often it is these unexplained issues that lead people to suspect their property may be contaminated.
Links between meth contamination and other more serious health problems are still being researched, but studies suggest it can be linked to more serious respiratory illnesses and possibly even cancer, given the toxic chemicals used during the manufacturing process.
What should I check when choosing meth decontamination and meth testing companies?
When you are choosing a company to carry out your meth decontamination, it is good to ask:
- what qualifications and training the team members have in meth testing & meth decontamination.
- whether the company can provide testimonials from previous clients.
- what meth cleaning products are used.
- how much demolition might be involved during the meth decontamination and how the waste will be disposed of.
- how long the meth decontamination might take.
- whether the cleaning and restoration company offers a service warranty or guarantee, i.e no charge for failed clearance tests.
Thank you for recently answering a few questions I had about meth testing my rental property for drugs. You were very efficient coming out to the property and getting the meth test done and the ACS Lab tests back to me.
I was hesitant in paying to get the meth test done, however after investigating that my insurance would not cover if you have damage to your property due to tenants using or making drugs.
As a licensed Real Estate agent I would highly recommend you have this done for your own peace of mind and know that your investment is safe.
Links / Resources
Sydney family forced to move after exposure to meth-contaminated property
This man didn’t know he was living in a meth-ridden house
Boy, 6, had as much methamphetamine in his system as a seasoned drug abuser – after his family moved into a drug house
Family horror: ‘We moved into a meth lab’
Ice house horror: ‘We discovered our dream home was once a meth lab’
Meth contamination growing problem for WA homeowners, landlords
‘High-functioning’ ice user reveals how addiction impacts everyday Australians
Few Tasmanian homes tested for meth will pass the test
HEALTH WARNING: You can’t see it or smell it, but there’s a hidden danger that could be lurking…
A pregnant woman tested positive for amphetamines. Turns out her home was a former meth lab.
Will Mandatory Meth-Testing of Rentals become Law in Queensland?
Record number of NSW homes testing positive for meth residue
Half of tested properties contain traces of meth
Fresh calls for meth tests after poisoned renter forced to abandon her possessions
Proposed mandatory testing in WA
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Meth Busters currently, proudly services Metro and Regional areas in Queensland including Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Moreton Bay & North Queensland.
We also currently service the Sydney area in New South Wales.