Know Your Responsibilities Around the Gluckman Report on Meth

In March 2018 we published an article under the heading:  “Some Facts About Meth Testing of Rental Properties”.
Since then we have had the Gluckman report.  It sent the property management industry into a spin.
Housing NZ and the Real Estate Agents Authority have adopted the level of 15 mcg/100 sq cm for their business model.  But, the Tenancy Tribunal has not accepted this level. As landlords and property managers, we need to obey the law.  What does this mean?
Our advice and recommendation is to test and keep on testing until the law changes.  There are many who are lobbying for change but we need to make sure that our tenants’ health is protected.
We don’t want to be alarmist.  Methamphetamine and other drugs are becoming an increasing problem for rental properties.

Know Your Responsibilities with Methamphetamine in Rental Properties

Quinovic Parnell have a policy in place to help manage this threat on behalf of our owners.
  1. Firstly, we test 2 – 4 days before a tenancy starts.  This creates a baseline for future tests.
  2. We then include the test results as part of our tenancy agreement, and make sure the tenant signs a copy. This ensures they understand and acknowledge they were advised of the test and results.
  3. It is the landlord’s responsibility to provide a clean, tidy and safe home for tenants. We believe testing is part of meeting this requirement under tenancy law.
  4. If we don’t complete a test before the tenant’s arrival it can be very difficult to prove contamination was due to the current tenant.
  5. If during a tenancy contamination is found, the house/apartment becomes uninhabitable and the tenancy ends immediately.  The tenant must vacate and their tenancy agreement ends.
  6. The tenant may apply to the Tenancy Tribunal for a refund of all rent paid if they can prove the property was contaminated before their arrival. This has occurred more than once in New Zealand.
Whilst we don’t wish to frighten anyone from being a landlord, it shows how important it is to engage the services of a professional property management company like Quinovic Parnell to ensure you meet your legal responsibilities.
If you’re looking for an expert property manager, talk to Kerry from Quinovic Property Management Parnell:

Question Nine of 9 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Property Manager.

9  Questions to ask when choosing a property manager

(The questions they don’t want you to ask!)

Question nine:  Do you have a Residential Tenancies Act legal specialist on call?

 The new Residential Tenancies Act imposes strict conditions on owners, and tenants have never had easier access to free information and advice to help them understand their rights than they have now. The Tenancy Tribunal may impose orders amounting to tens of thousands of dollars and like any dispute process having the best legal advice puts you in the best possible position. Quinovic Property Management retains the services of one of New Zealand’s foremost Residential Tenancies Act specialist lawyers.

We engage this specialist whenever it appears prudent to do so, protecting your interests.

 Quinovic Parnell are residential property management specialists; that’s all we do. We’ve been in business since 1988, and have offices throughout New Zealand. Quinovic Parnell  provides the security and experience of a nationwide specialist business, with the accountability of a local owner-operated office.

Contact us today for a rental appraisal and management proposal.  We consider all assignments for long term rental property management, whether you have one rental property, an apartment block, or several rental properties. Going overseas and  looking for a property manager to look after your property asset? Property investor looking for a rental property manager?

David Vinsen & Mary Vinsen  Quinovic Parnell. We manage rental properties in Parnell, rental properties in Auckland City, rental properties in Central Auckland, rental properties in Remuera, rental properties in Eastern Bays, rental propeties in Dannemora, Botany Downs to name a few areas.

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