Help own­ers pro­tect their in­vest­ment with ‘meth’ ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram

Elite Property Manager - - Upfront -

The use of metham­phetamine (meth) has tripled in Aus­tralia in the last five years. Many prop­erty man­agers have al­ready seen first­hand the cost and has­sle of clean­ing a prop­erty with un­safe lev­els of con­tam­i­na­tion, caused not only by un­de­tected meth labs but also the smok­ing of meth, or ice, in­side res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

Bryan Goodall, Na­tional Sales Man­ager for Oc­tief, has seen it many times be­fore. “In homes where there has been a meth lab, or where there has been heavy use of the drug ice, chem­i­cal residue can seep into soft fur­nish­ing, car­pets and even walls and ceil­ings, leav­ing un­wit­ting new ten­ants or own­ers ex­posed to se­ri­ous health risks.

“What you want is for own­ers to be proac­tive about this, as it is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to es­tab­lish di­rect fault and li­a­bil­ity with­out test­ing on change of prop­erty oc­cu­pants – which may have im­pli­ca­tions on things like in­sur­ance,” says Mr Goodall.

Oc­tief of­fers base­line screen­ing ser­vices for meth, as well as for other haz­ards such as as­bestos and con­tam­i­nated land.

“Our aim is to help prop­erty man­agers ed­u­cate their own­ers on the po­ten­tial risks and help avoid them. It's com­mon prac­tice to in­spect build­ings be­fore pur­chase for things like ter­mites, so with the in­crease in meth us­age it is bet­ter to be safe than sorry,” he added. Visit screen­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

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