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12 July 2018
Hopes of a change in the Tenancy Tribunal’s approach to meth contamination seem misplaced, with the release of its first post-Gluckman report orders on meth cases.
By Miriam Bell
Sir Peter Gluckman’s bombshell report into meth contaminated houses found there are neglible health risks from third-hand exposure to meth.
It also suggested revising the current testing regime and introducing a much higher testing level of 15 micrograms per 100cm2 as opposed to 1.5 micrograms per 100cm2.
But while landlords were relieved by the report, they were also left in limbo because the existing NZS 8510: 2017 standard for meth remains in force until officially changed.
To date that has not happened and many landlords have been looking to the Tenancy Tribunal to see how adjudicators will respond to the changed landscape.
The Tribunal has now published the first six orders on meth contamination to be issued following the release of the Gluckman report – and they suggest that nothing has changed for the Tribunal.
Of those six orders, two are about adjourning proceedings and, as such, aren’t relevant. But the four other orders all stick to the existing 1.5 microgram standard.
In all four cases, the meth readings exceeded the existing Ministry of Health guidelines, which employ the 1.5 microgram standard.
One case did not give the actual levels but in the other three all the readings were well below the 15 microgram standard recommended in the Gluckman report.
The highest reading in all four cases was for an individual room which had a level of 4.8 micrograms.
But adjudicators specifically referred to the existing standard and Ministry of Health guidelines in all four orders, with one noting that, under the current guidelines, decontamination is required for readings of 1.5 micrograms and over.
Only one of the orders – Riverlands Real Estate Ltd v Jasmine Walker-Lee – appears to refer to the Gluckman report.
It says: “There is currently some debate about the health impact of meth, however I agree that the use of premises for an unlawful purpose is something to be discouraged.”
These Tribunal orders were all made in the days immediately following the release of the Gluckman report and could have been written earlier.
But they suggest that the Tribunal will be employing……….
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