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What is a residual methamphetamine test and why should I get one?

With such a huge drug epidemic facing Australians property managers now have a duty of care to not only their landlords but the tenants who are renting the property.

Methamphetamine use and manufacture can have serious health effects due to the residual compounds left over from use and manufacture.

For example, If a property has been rented to a family and they fall ill from the last occupiers, Being unaware will not stand up in court and those who were responsible may have long gone leaving the homeowner out of pocket with also cleanups worth up to $30,000

The Australian government defines the duty of care as “an obligation to take reasonable care to avoid foreseeable harm to another person on their property.” Not only that “The Tennant must not engage in illegal activities in the property”.

In 2015, landmark court cases, favored the tenant after it was found that the property manager and owner were negligent in not applying current building codes in replacement of a door, causing injury to the tenant.

Though the landlord argued that the tenant accepted the premises as it was at the time the tenancy agreement was signed – this argument was rejected by the court as the owners and property managers must take reasonable care ‘in respect of the dangers not readily apparent on inspection.’

Basically – If a new occupier or family was to fall ill from meth/ ice exposure both the landlord and the property manager could be held accountable for failing their duty of care.

What is meth or ice?

Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Also known as meth, chalk, ice, and crystal, among many other terms, it takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. It is generally smoked.

The manufacture of this chemical or use in a household leaves a residual, In some cases, this has been months or years. The effects of this residual are toxic to both adults and children. The effects are sleeplessness, Migraines, Vomiting, Restlessness, Anxiety, Depression, and rashes.

How is the test taken?

Our meth screen test is designed only for testing surfaces for methamphetamine residue. We carry out a presumptive test only. This test will not provide you with contamination levels, only a negative or positive indication if over 0.5ug per 100cm2. This level was set in the Australian Clandestine Drug Lab Remediation Guidelines. If a positive result is obtained we provide you with a report that includes the right procedures for further detailed results for cleanup and rectification.

Our test is a cost-effective screening and can be used to test multiple rooms in a house after or during a rental tenancy to ensure your investment or landlords investment property is not either contaminated or being contaminated by the tenants smoking or cooking Meth.

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