We continue our series of meth contamination case studies – all of these have been collected by MethSolutions’ staff while out on testing and sampling jobs.

Example 1 – West Auckland

An inspection immediately after a party identified some unusual activity which could not be accounted for by normal behaviour. A Baseline test was previously established in the property, which was followed up with further testing after the party. The property was not subject to testing prior to the tenant moving in.

The difference in testing levels allowed the owner to seek prosecution of the tenant under the Residential Tenancy Act.

Example 2 – Bay of Plenty

Owner purchased a meth free property at his 4th attempt. The fact the property was going to be meth tested was communicated to the tenant. MethMinder was not installed.

Tenant ran up rent arrears and demonstrated erratic behaviour. Owner conducted a follow-up Baseline test. Property tested positive for meth at levels which indicated significant levels of use related behaviour.

The difference in testing levels allowed the owner to seek prosecution of the tenant under the Residential Tenancy Act.

Example 3 – Northland

On advice from the Property Manager, the owner made the decision to MethManage the property in a high-risk area and communicate this through to prospective tenants AND charge a slightly higher rent for the ‘P’ free home.

Property rented quickly to a great family and at the higher rates, covering cost of MethManagement (including MethMinder lease) with money left over!