Dispelling the ‘‘meth myth’ for home buyers

Dispelling the ‘meth myth’ for home buyers

There has been a lot of debate over the recent report on safe levels of methamphetamine contamination.

The May 2018 report from the office of the prime minister’s chief science advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, found there was no evidence of adverse health effects from third-hand exposure to methamphetamine smoke residue on household surfaces.

The advice which followed, is that Real estate agents must tell prospective house buyers if a property has methamphetamine contamination of 15 micrograms per 100cm2 or above, says the Real Estate Authority (REA).

REA chief executive Kevin Lampen-Smith says methamphetamine contamination of 15 micrograms per 100cm2 or above will now be considered a property defect that must be disclosed to potential buyers.

Lampen-Smith says people looking to buy property should visit settled.govt.nz to learn more, and always ask the real estate agent if they are concerned about methamphetamine contamination.

“We strongly encourage people to ask lots of questions when buying a property. If you are worried about potential methamphetamine contamination because you suspect the property was used as a meth lab, ask your lawyer to include a satisfactory meth test as a condition of your offer.”

Real estate agents are not obligated to disclose confirmed results below 15 micrograms per 100cm2 unless they are asked.

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