Whether you own an investment property, or are looking to move into one; you want to make a safe choice. Generally, meth contamination doesn’t mix well here. Aside from the nasty name your property will get, it can cause disastrous health effects. This includes rashes, depression, respiratory complications just to name a few. 

The meth problem in New Zealand is widespread and increasing. It is estimated that around 2.5 percent of the adult population in New Zealand are using methamphetamines. This figure rises to 8.7 percent however in the 18-24 year-old bracket. This vulnerable age group is more likely to be in rentals which is where meth is strongly presented. 

Around 75% of meth labs discovered by police have been in rental properties. One of the main reasons this could be so high is because the user won’t be left with the damage costs as much as the landlord. However, it is important to keep an eye on your tenants movements, as you can stop further contamination in its tracks. Things to look out for include:

  • Gloves, hot plates glass jars and coffee filters
  • Yellowish brown stains on the walls
  • Blacked out windows
  • More activity at night
  • Security systems
  • Amonia smell


Read more about meth contamination:
Origins of meth
- The meth issue in New Zealand


If you’re looking to rent, note that under the Residential Tenancies Act, it is the landlords obligation to ensure the cleanliness of the property and make sure it’s habitable. If you are suspicious of contamination, talk with your landlord.

The scary part is that you can’t always see contamination, and this sometimes becomes an invisible problem. If you need a company that can provide a reliable meth decontamination, make sure you contact Chemcare on 0800 800 646

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