Meth stains a concern
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.