The topic of meth contamination has received a lot of media attention in recent times resulting in wide spread knowledge about the potential harm it can cause. With decades of experience in property development, Tim Manning states that tenants are increasingly aware of the the hazards meth use bring to a property and the long-lasting effects that arise from it’s presence in homes.
Because of this it has become common practice to perform meth testing on properties before a new tenant moves in. Property managers and landlords must be aware of the risk posed to tenants and adjust their handling of rentals accordingly.
It’s in the best interest of all property managers to test premises for meth contamination before residents move in, each and every time. It’s the right of a tenant to request a examination on their property, which can occur part way through a tenancy. If a residence is found to have been contaminated by drug-use, that can result in a loss of rent and time for property managers.
Landlords can find themselves liable for costs of meth contamination at any given time. Renters are able to carry-out tests on a property without permission from the home owner. If during this test, meth is found to be present, renters can dispute their tenancy and will usually win their case.
It’s important to remember that as a landlord, you’re providing a home for people. It’s up to you to make sure conditions are healthy and inhabitable for your tenants. This includes taking care to ensure that drug use doesn’t occur on the property, and in the unfortunate circumstances of it occuring to carry out the right procedures to reduce the harm caused.
You want your residents to be healthy and happy in the place they live in so that you can continue having a good working relationship with your tenants. Investing in care to ensure that your property remains a safe place for those who live in it will benefit you in the long-run. Respecting tenants and rental properties results in better investments for landlords and avoids costly reprecussions of neglect that may come in the form of meth contamination, especially in recent times as drug use increases.