P – Landlords beware

P – Landlords beware

Over recent weeks we have noticed a number of individuals who are up before the Court because of their involvement with the drug ‘P’.

For those of you who don’t know what ‘P’ is, it is a Methamphetamine. It is potentially a very addictive drug and belongs to a group of drugs called ‘stimulants’ also known as Meth, Speed, Pure, Crystal Meth and Glass.
A search of ‘P’ on the internet will very quickly bring up a number of sites that are discussing the implications this drug is having in New Zealand. The purpose of this article is to provide details of the issues property owners/ landlords and tenants may face and should be aware of.

‘P’ is a problem. ‘P’ is as common in New Plymouth as it is in Auckland.

There have been a number of horror stories about the effect the manufacture of ‘P’ can have on a property. On investigation we have learned that living in a house where ‘P’ has been manufactured can cause health issues.Some people have reported health issues such as breathing difficulties, skin rashes, headaches and nausea. Some family members could be more sensitive to the effects than others.
We have discovered that the manufacture of ‘P’ is a very dangerous process and a number of house fires have been caused by explosions during the manufacture. The process is so volatile that even a small change in humidity can cause an explosion.

If you’re a property owner and in the business of providing rental accommodation the issues you may face could be the expense of cleaning the property, often running into thousands of dollars, which can require the full replacement of the interior. There are even reports that topsoil has had to be removed following traces of the drug. Once ‘P’ has been found on your property it is noted on Council records so that future purchasers are made of aware of this history. There are properties in New Plymouth that have been used to manufacture ‘P’.

To find out if your house is contaminated you will need to contact the NZDDA or other professional drug testing teams who will perform a test. Locally this costs around $450.00 to determine if the drug is present.
If you are buying a property this is just another issue you need to consider. Please make sure you check the LIM report provided by the council. It is our understanding that any notification is permanent even after the property has been decontaminated and remedial work carried out.

As a landlord if you want to provide another level of protection there are electronic monitors that can be installed that will send warnings over a mobile network if ‘P’ is being used or manufactured at your property. These units will also notify you if anyone has tried to tamper with them.There are specific insurance policies out there that will provide a level of cover to you as a landlord should ‘P’ be found on your premises. Providing the correct steps have been followed Insurers will respond. We can give some guidance to those looking for that extra level of cover.

Until next time happy house hunting from the Team at Ergo Mortgages

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