The response from Housing New Zealand on the issue of methamphetamine in state housing is predictable.
There is no argument that the drug is a serious community problem. Where the Manawatu Tenants Union differs, is that in many cases, it is the tenant on the tenancy agreement who pays the price by being made homeless.
They are refused a transfer and suspended from applying for a state house for least two years.The actual P users at the address, it would seem are never prosecuted. The poor tenant is guilty until proved innocent, not innocent until proved guilty. On top of being made one of the invisible homeless, they are expected to pay the costs of the decontamination of their former homes. The costs are considerable, given that most state tenants are some of the poorest people in the country, living on low fixed incomes. Is this fair when P was detected on their watch.
Kevin Reilly, MTU