As the cost of methamphetamine contaminated housing increases more calls are being made for the government to take action.
Judy Morgan, the managing director of a Northland property rental company, has seen the issue first hand. In a letter to parliament she has called on the government to improve testing standards. This would require developing regulations around the testing of houses for P contamination. Although there are currently Ministry of Health guidelines, Ms Morgan believes these do not provide adequate weight to tackle the problem.
Ms Morgan’s approach would include
- standardising testing across the various testing agencies;
- require testing of homes between tenants; and
- creating a public register naming (and presumably shaming) any tenants who have vacated a rental property in a contaminated state
There are obvious benefits to the first two aspects of this approach. However, the name and shame register has a few kinks to be worked out. Although it may satiate property owners need for personal vengeance there are significant issues around natural justice and privacy.
P contamination remains a major issue, with many likening the situation to the leaky homes crisis. For more information on identifying whether P contamination is present in your home, and steps you should take when purchasing a house see our previous blog here.