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Contaminants, Contamination and the RTA

As at the 27th of August 2019, the first elements of the Residential Tenancies Act Amendment Bill 2019 came into effect. The Bill defined methamphetamine as a contaminant. However, the steps necessary to introduce this into regulation, will not be taken for another 12 to 18 months. Defining methamphetamine as an environmental contaminant, is a [...]

September 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Contaminants, Contamination and the RTA

RTA Amendment Bill No. 2 Passes Committee Stage – Update for PMs and Landlords

The RTA Amendment Bill No. 2 will soon be returned to Parliament and will pass. There are things we know and things we do not. Despite the knowledge gaps, the significance of this Bill should not be lost on Landlords. In simple terms, if you do not know the meth status of your property, then [...]

July 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on RTA Amendment Bill No. 2 Passes Committee Stage – Update for PMs and Landlords

Insurers aligning their goalposts with government agencies

  Advice from the Insurance Council of New Zealand, is that as of 1st of July, one of the country’s top insurers, Vero, will align its policy response for meth residues with the numbers included in the Gluckman Meth Report. It should be anticipated that other insurers will follow. Changes will be introduced for new [...]

July 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Insurers aligning their goalposts with government agencies

Meth in property – the Property Manager’s Conundrum

Evidence of meth risk is there for people to see – if they choose to do so There are many property managers and real estate professionals who have experienced first hand how their physical health and well-being is affected by properties with meth residues present. Even where these are low level. Others have not. And [...]

July 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Meth in property – the Property Manager’s Conundrum

The importance of sample site selection when testing for meth

One of the criticisms of the meth testing industry, has been the potential for two organisations to go into the same property, offer essentially the same service, but end up with completely different results. How does this happen? In part, it is because the residues that are being targeted are invisible. Where for example, are [...]

June 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The importance of sample site selection when testing for meth

The Reality of MethRisk in Property

Nearly 1 year ago, a politically led report into the risks presented by methamphetamine and how these should be managed was released by the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. The report identified that: The lack of very specific documented evidence health effects, meant that raising acceptable levels for meth residues, to at [...]

May 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Reality of MethRisk in Property

RTA Amendment Bill No. 2 and Meth Testing – December 2018 Update

Much is being made of how changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, which will be brought in under the RTA Amendment Bill No. 2, will create an obligation at law for Landlords and their property managers to use services provided by parties that are qualified and/or accredited in accordance with the recommendations under NZS8510:2017. Assertions [...]

December 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on RTA Amendment Bill No. 2 and Meth Testing – December 2018 Update

Why MethManagement Matters

If you are a Buyer, Landlord or Property Manager it is more important than ever in this "current environment" that due diligence is undertaken and management of the risks for methamphetamine in property is implemented.  Listen to Miles Stratford, CEO of MethSolutions explain why.

November 20th, 2018|Discussions on Meth, Home Owners, Investors, Property Managers|Comments Off on Why MethManagement Matters

Tenancy Tribunal Disadvantages Private Landlords by following HNZ lead on Meth

If a MethSolutions client has a situation where there is clear evidence of meth related behaviour having occurred, which would have been admitted had NZS8510 applied, but which is declined at the Tribunal. We will provide technical support for any appeal to the District Court at no charge. Background In developing NZS8510, the Standards Committee [...]

October 31st, 2018|Property Managers, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tenancy Tribunal Disadvantages Private Landlords by following HNZ lead on Meth

Recent Media Releases Regarding the Meth Testing Industry Parts 1 and 2

Part 1 - October 2nd 2018 If I had not dealt with people over the years who have lived in houses with low level meth residues whose health has been compromised, I could almost believe what is written in this article about me and my motivations for raising awareness of what remains a real issue. [...]

October 3rd, 2018|Discussions on Meth, Goverment/Council, Home Owners, Investors, Meth News, Policy, Property Managers, Real Estate Professionals, Tenants, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Recent Media Releases Regarding the Meth Testing Industry Parts 1 and 2