Some Facts About Meth Testing of Rental Properties

Methamphetamine and other drugs are becoming an increasing problem for rental properties.  Alarmed?  We explain why you shouldn’t be.

Quinovic Property Management Parnell has a policy in place to help manage this threat on behalf of rental property owners.

Why you should test for methamphetamine before each tenancy

  1. We test 2 to 4 days before a tenancy starts.  This creates a baseline for future tests.
  2. We include the test results as part of the tenancy agreement and make sure the tenant signs a copy.  This ensures they understand and acknowledge they are aware of the test and the results.
  3. It is the landlord’s responsibility to provide a clean, tidy and safe home for their tenants.  Completing the test meets tenancy law requirements.
  4. If you fail to test before a tenancy, you could find it difficult to prove contamination was due to the current tenant.
  5. The rental property becomes uninhabitable if contamination is found during a tenancy. The tenancy must end immediately.
  6. As a landlord, you are not responsible to supply alternative accommodation. It’s always good to help if you can.
  7. If a tenant can prove the rental property was contaminated before their arrival, they may apply to the Tenancy Tribunal for a refund of all rent paid. This has occurred more than once in New Zealand.
We don’t wish to frighten anyone off from being a landlord. Engage the professional services of Quinovic Property Management Parnell today. We will ensure you meet your legal responsibilities.
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