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Claiming meth testing cost from the tenant

The recent publication of Brooking v Imrie [2020] NZTT Timaru 4216438 gives some insight, albeit sketchy, into what the Tribunal looks for when ordering a tenant to compensate the landlord for meth testing. The facts This is a cross-application case concerning a periodic tenancy from July 2017 to October 2019. The circumstance of the tenant’s exit was somewhat unusual. The ...
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Can you test for meth yourself?

This week's question comes from Clifford (paraphrased): Is there such a thing as meth test kits? Can they be used by landlords to carry out meth tests at rental properties and are the test results valid? Yes, they are such things as meth test kits which can be used by landlords to test for the presence of meth at your rental property. You will need to meet t...
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The Tribunal's position on meth

This week's question comes from Pat (paraphrased): Considering the inconclusiveness of what is a 'safe' level of meth presence, how would the Tenancy Tribunal decide on cases concerning the landlord's obligation to provide a safe home with respect to meth? You are right in pointing out the two competing opinions on what is considered 'safe' when it comes to traces of meth ...
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Stephen Hegh: Methamphetamine – where are we now?

The 2019 Residential Tenancies Amendment Act (RTAA) moved things forward… a bit. Landlords can now access the property to test for meth contamination. But the elephant in the room remains: what is the acceptable maximum level of meth presence at a rental property? Standards New Zealand says it is 1.5µg/100cm2, Sir Peter Gluckman says 15µg/100cm2, The Residential Tenancies ...
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You want to test for meth but your tenant says 'No'

Landlords can now enter onto the property* to test for meth contamination. The latest amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act gives landlords the right to enter onto the property to test for meth contamination provided that the following s48(ba) conditions are met: That a minimum of 48 hours and a maximum of 14 days notice has been given to the tenant advising the reason for ent...
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