By Frank Newman on 1st July 2017
Standards New Zealand has released a new methamphetamine testing and decontamination standard. The new measures will be welcomed by landlords.
The main change is an increase in the limit at which contamination is deemed to have taken place from 0.5 micrograms to 1.5 micrograms per 100cm2. The new standard also establishes clear methods for sampling and testing, and testers and decontamination contractors will require a certain level of competency to achieve accreditation.
To date any level of meth’ has been viewed as toxic with potentially devastating affects on a landlords investment, and concerns have been raised about inconsistent testing methodologies and cowboy operators. These standards and testing procedures may be found HERE >>>.
The changes are by way of regulation contained in the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2) which is progressing through Parliament. That Bill states, the landlord must not provide premises to a new tenant if meth’ has been detected but not decontaminated, “in accordance with the prescribed methamphetamine decontamination process”.
Where a landlord is to carry out testing, notice must be given to the tenant: “For the purpose of testing for the presence of methamphetamine, or taking samples for such testing, at any time between 8 o’clock in the morning and 7 o’clock in the evening of any day, after giving to the tenant notice of the intended entry and the reason for it at least 48 hours but not more than 14 days before the intended entry.”
The landlord must notify the tenant within seven days of receiving the test results. If a test establishes that the premises are contaminated, the landlord may give not less than seven days notice of termination of the tenancy. A tenant may give not less than two days notice of termination.