• Tenancy Tribunal to follow the Gluckman report for meth testing

    The Tenancy Tribunal has confirmed they will follow the Government’s Gluckman report and generally accept 15 micrograms per 100cm2 as the minimum standard for meth contamination in rental properties.

    Landlords.co.nz reports that Tenancy Tribunal chief adjudicator Melissa Poole will follow the proposed standard, published by the Prime Minister’s Chief Scientist Sir Peter Gluckman, as long as the meth testing was done after the report was published on May 28.

    Poole confirmed that Housing Minister Phil Twyford has been consulted about adopting the new standard and that she had little option to follow Gluckman’s recommendation, after Housing New Zealand quickly decided to accept 15 micrograms per 100cm2.

    “One of the difficulties for us is if you have the biggest player in town going with 15 as the standard it becomes very difficult for us to say to you guys you’re not Housing New Zealand so we are going to apply NZS (1.5 micrograms pet 100cm2) to you,” Poole told the NZ Property Investors Federation conference in Dunedin.

    “We have taken a pre-emptive step and say ok from the date the Gluckman report was released we will accept 15 as the standard.”

    However, Poole said the Tenancy Tribunal could still follow the 1.5 micrograms per 100cm2 if there is evidence of meth manufacturing.