Land­lords urged to in­crease’P’ test­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - MIKE BAIN

A brand new home in the Waikato had to be de­con­tam­i­nated fol­low­ing pos­i­tive signs of metham­phetamine use by trades­men in­volved with its con­struc­tion.

This in­ci­dent is just the tip of the ice­berg for Mor­rinsville’s Wayne Robb and his busi­ness, Meth Test Waikato, which now in­spects homes around the Waikato for metham­phetamine use.

A national drug agency re­port in­di­cated up to 40 per cent of houses test pos­i­tive for the drug, also known as ‘‘P’’.

It would in­di­cate num­ber of P labs in­creas­ing ev­ery year.

Robb can re­call many hor­ror sto­ries where fam­i­lies have been ex­posed to the drug in the houses they lived.

He has seen rental prop­er­ties which have been the are al­most de­con­structed to re­move traces of metham­phetamine in order to make them live­able.

And Robb is also the first to tell land­lords to have premises tested be­tween ten­ants to en­sure ten­ants have a safe en­vi­ron­ment to live in.

‘‘It is al­ways good to get a neg­a­tive re­sult back from the lab­o­ra­tory but it’s not com­mon,’’ said Robb.

He is keen for mo­tels and ho­tels to have their premises tested on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, as metham­phetamine users will smoke when­ever and whereever.

The ac­com­mo­da­tion in­dus­try he said is ‘‘blinded to who metham­phetamine users are’’.

‘‘One mote­lier re­jected my ap­proach say­ing, ‘we don’t al­low those types of peo­ple to stay in their premises’,’’ he said.

‘‘My ques­tion de­scribe a meth user?

‘‘Statis­tics show they are is, busi­ness suits to groomed.

‘‘De­mo­graph­ics are not what land­lords ex­pect, with recorded of­fend­ers 63 per cent Euro­pean, 55 per cent aged 31-45,’’ said Robb.

While the national fig­ures are alarm­ing, Robb’s con­cerns are in the Waikato where his re­sults con­firm 50 per cent of ru­ral house test­ing is pos­i­tive.

Robb has dis­cov­ered P labs, and while con­cerned has never been threat­ened, but is aware ‘‘sit­u­a­tions can change rapidly’’.

Robb would like to see land­lords have rental prop­erty in­spec­tions car­ried out on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and warns the costs associated with de­con­struc­tion of an af­fected prop­erty could be great.

‘‘Cur­rently in­sur­ance cov­ers the dam­age caused by meth use but com­pa­nies are looking to cap the amounts on a claim.’’ peo­ple in their the not-so-well

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