Meth stains a con­cern

Southern Telegraph - - News - KateCamp­bell

Land­lords and prospec­tive home­buy­ers are be­ing urged to con­sider screen­ing prop­er­ties for meth con­tam­i­na­tion, with one test­ing firm say­ing Rock­ing­ham is one of the sub­urbs most com­mon for their call-outs.

There are cur­rently real es­tate in­dus­try calls for the State Govern­ment to leg­is­late a manda­tory sys­tem sim­i­lar to the zero-tol­er­ance ap­proach in New Zealand, where ev­ery prop­erty needs a de­con­tam­i­na­tion clear­ance cer­tifi­cate.

One of the main test­ing com­pa­nies, Meth Screen, has an­a­lysed 112 prop­er­ties in WA since Jan­uary and 53 per cent have tested pos­i­tive to meth residue.

Meth Screen chief ex­ec­u­tive Ryan Matthews said many peo­ple didn’t re­alise the drug’s residue hung around for “decades” and con­tam­i­na­tion was not only caused by a prop­erty be­ing used as a meth lab.

“Peo­ple are start­ing to re­alise that smok­ing ice, enough of it, will con­tam­i­nate a prop­erty,” he said, adding Man­durah, Rock­ing­ham and Ar­madale were the most com­mon lo­ca­tions for his firm’s jobs.

REIWA pres­i­dent Damian Collins said REIWA sup­ported the Govern­ment’s stance of no plans to make meth test­ing manda­tory.

Com­merce and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Min­is­ter Bill John­ston said meth con­tam­i­na­tion in rental prop­er­ties was one of sev­eral is­sues be­ing con­sid­ered in the Govern­ment’s re­view of the Res­i­den­tial Ten­an­cies Act.

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