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The New Meth Testing Standard in NZ

Today, Standards New Zealand released their report and recommendations into the new Standard for meth testing.  Miles Stratford, CEO of MethSolutions was involved in the Standard development and now gives his expert view on the outcome. NZS 8510:2017 – Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine contaminated properties The new Standard is a great step in the [...]

June 29th, 2017|Goverment/Council, Meth News, Policy, Property Managers, Real Estate Professionals|Comments Off on The New Meth Testing Standard in NZ

Rental Property Case Studies

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 – Auckland North Shore Professionally managed property with suspicions of a tenant involved with meth-related activity. Regular inspections and extra diligence on the part of the property [...]

June 25th, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on Rental Property Case Studies

A new Standard for Meth Testing

Our CEO Miles Stratford has committed around 10% of his time in the past year to working with Standards New Zealand helping to create a new standard for meth testing and decontamination. The new Standard is close to being agreed and finalised. The group collaborating on developing the Meth Testing Standard includes diverse backgrounds including representatives [...]

June 2nd, 2017|Goverment/Council|Comments Off on A new Standard for Meth Testing

Government working to amend Residential Tenancies Bill

Here at MethSolutions, we are watching closely the amendment to Section 59 of Residential Tenancies Act.  It strengthens the law for prosecuting landlords who tenant unsuitable properties, tenants will be liable for the cost of their landlord’s insurance excess up to a max of 4 weeks’ rent for each incident and also allows easier access to test [...]

June 1st, 2017|Goverment/Council, Investors, Policy, Tenants|Comments Off on Government working to amend Residential Tenancies Bill

Meth contamination: Ignorance is no defence at tenancy tribunal

A recent meth contamination Tenancy Tribunal decision shows that Landlords who fail to MethManage rental properties are creating more risk for their investment returns. Investors realise profits on rentals at the time the property is sold.  But if the property is contaminated with methamphetamine this may impact the market value as seen recently with a property [...]

May 16th, 2017|Discussions on Meth, Home Owners, Investors, Property Managers, Real Estate Professionals, Tenants, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Meth contamination: Ignorance is no defence at tenancy tribunal

Young mum drives on meth and crashes killing her daughter

Young mother on meth Image Credit: The Herald A tragic story from Napier where a young lady crashed her car killing her daughter.  As the prosecutor said ... the circumstances of the crash were that there was no explantation, other than methamphetamine, for Skipper to suddenly lose control of the car. She had smoked meth [...]

April 12th, 2017|Meth News|Comments Off on Young mum drives on meth and crashes killing her daughter

Decontamination restores value in “meth house”

Prevention is better than cure when dealing with meth contamination.  But we're happy this property has been successfully cleaned and re-sold at auction netting gains for the former owners. Decontamination after positive methamphetamine testing successfully restores the home. Proactive MethManagement of rental properties is the key to maintaining asset value and ROI. Decontaminated house [...]

April 4th, 2017|Investors|Comments Off on Decontamination restores value in “meth house”

Does my insurance cover meth decontamination?

For the last few years MethSolutions has been advising clients that the window of opportunity for full insurance cover for meth contamination is closing and now it has closed. There is now a ceiling on any insurance claim settlement of between $25-$30,000. Article on meth decontamination insurance Image credit: Interest.co.nz Avoid big insurance claims Proactive [...]

April 2nd, 2017|Investors, Tenants|Comments Off on Does my insurance cover meth decontamination?

The hideous reality of living with meth

From today's Herald, a heart rending story. The hideous stark reality of meth addicts and the true victims .... the kids! Herald article about meth users and children suffering. Photo credit: The Herald For almost 10 months, the five children were beaten, neglected, abused and starved until their teachers reported their black eyes [...]

March 29th, 2017|Meth News|Comments Off on The hideous reality of living with meth

Meth Contaminated House And The Tenant Won’t Budge!

When the lab detects a significant level of methamphetamine in samples taken in a rental property, surely it’s a simple process to vacate the tenant … right? Unfortunately, the answer is no! In some cases, the tenant refuses access to undertake further testing and refuses to vacate based on the composite test results. The next step is [...]

January 25th, 2017|Property Managers|Comments Off on Meth Contaminated House And The Tenant Won’t Budge!