This is fast becoming an area the government is focusing on, estimating that in 2021 all real estate companies will be forced to ensure all homes, sold or tenanted out, will require a meth test done. Meth contamination is invisible, has no smell, and is a very toxic. You may be astounded to know that a large threat to rental properties is not meth labs, it is meth users. It is estimated around 20% of contamination problems are linked to labs, whereas 80% to meth users.
Australia has the highest number of meth users per capita in the English-speaking world, and that number is now three times higher than it was in 2011. Smoking meth regularly can contaminate a home and regular smoking of the drug can return contamination readings as high as those produced by a meth lab.
We recommend rental properties are screened regularly for meth residue, certainly before a new tenant takes occupation, and definitely afterwards before a potential sale. Not only does it ensure early detection, when remediation is less likely to be costly, it also deters tenants from using or making meth in your property and should be noted on the PCR.
There have been cases recently where tenants have sued landlords, because health problems led to discovery of meth residue in the homes they were renting. Screening for meth residue between tenancies ensures you are living up to your responsibility to provide a home that is fit for purpose.
We are not linked to any remediation companies, so as with all our inspections we provide an unbiased assessment of the property. After samples are correctly taken, analysis is conducted at a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) laboratory.
Meth residue screening establishes meth use by tenants. Regular testing at tenancy change provides a deterrent to meth use and detects contamination problems early, when they are easier to fix.
As a property owner or manager, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring a property is safe for habitation. Australian laws (EPA and local government) say that meth contamination above 0.5 micrograms in a space 100cm square (0.5μg/100cm²) is not acceptable. Landlords face law suits from tenants moving into an already-contaminated property, and adjoining neighbours may also seek legal advice.
Contamination levels greater than 0.5μg/100cm² require a property to be remediated. Decontamination can require treating or ripping out carpet, curtains, wall linings, ceilings, electrical wiring, air conditioners, heating and insulation. Discovering contamination as early as possible makes remediation less expensive. It also means meth-using tenants can be evicted before contamination levels increase any further.
While meth residue is odourless and invisible, exposure can cause a wide range of health problems for the property’s occupants, including:
We offer the most affordable way to screen a dwelling for meth. A number of samples are collected from the property and analysed. If the accumulative result of the samples indicates the presence of meth above 0.5μg/100cm², In-depth Room Sampling will be required to establish which rooms require decontamination.
Our screening services are conducted using the NIOSH Method 9111 (meth on wipes by liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry) and tested in our Australian based laboratory.
Smoke Alarm Solutions expertly-trained technicians will carry out Base Composite Screening at your properties with results being provided within a week – ensuring your peace of mind.