Please don’t be alarmed, but be aware that methamphetamine and other drugs are becoming an increasing problem for rental properties.
Quinovic Viaduct and Quinovic Parnell have a policy in place to help manage this threat on behalf of our owners.
We test 2–4 days before your tenancy starts. This creates a baseline for future tests.
We include the test results as part of your tenancy agreement and make sure you get the tenant to sign a copy to ensure they understand and acknowledge they have been advised of the test and the results of the testing.
It is the landlord’s responsibility to provide a clean, tidy and safe home for your tenants, therefore completing the test is your way of meeting your requirements under tenancy law.
If you don’t complete a test prior to the tenant’s arrival you could find it very difficult to prove that the contamination of the house/apartment was due to the current tenant.
If during a tenancy there is contamination found, the house/apartment automatically becomes uninhabitable and the tenancy must end immediately. The tenant must vacate and their tenancy agreement ends.
As a landlord you are not responsible to supply alternative accommodation, but it’s always good to help if you can.
The tenant may apply to the tenancy tribunal for a refund of all rent paid if they can prove the apartment/house was contaminated prior to their arrival, and 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 Viaduct and Quinovic Parnellto ensure you meet your legal responsibilities.