CONTAMINATION OF LIVING ENVIRONMENTS WITH METH IS A VERY REAL PROBLEM THAT AFFECTS PEOPLE AND PROPERTY.


Contamination of homes with meth is becoming a serious problem. Australia has the highest rate of meth users per capita, which is presently three times greater than it was in 2011. Over the last six years, the number of meth labs in NSW has risen.
You may not realise it, but meth users, not meth labs, pose the greatest threat to rental homes. Regularly smoking meth inside can contaminate a home, and meth contamination levels as high as those produced by a meth factory can be obtained.

The Effects of Meth Contamination :

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LEGAL ISSUES

As the owner or manager of a property, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring that it is safe to live in. According to Australian regulations (EPA and local government), meth contamination of more than 0.5 micrograms per 100cm2 (0.5g/100cm2) is not acceptable. Landlords may face legal action from tenants who move into a contaminated property, and adjoining neighbours may seek legal counsel as well.

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FINANCIAL ISSUES

A property must be remediated if the meth contamination level is greater than 0.5g/100cm2. Carpet, drapes, wall linings, ceilings, electrical wiring, air conditioners, heaters, and insulation may all need to be treated or ripped out during meth decontamination. Insurance coverage is available, but it normally comes with a cap (e.g., $30,000) and a hefty excess cost.

It is less expensive to remediate meth contamination if it is discovered as soon as possible. It also implies that tenants who use meth can be evicted before contamination levels rise even higher.

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HEALTH ISSUES

Despite the fact that meth residue is odourless and undetectable, it can create a variety of health issues for the property's residents, including:

Respiratory issues, particularly for people who suffer from asthma

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Problems with behaviour in young children

Children's sleep patterns vary

Susceptibility to sickness is increased.

Irritation of the eyes and skin