Are your properties meth free? It’s not worth the risks/cost

Meth contamination, which is invisible and has no smell, is a very real issue. You may be surprised to learn, a large threat to rental properties is not meth labs, it is meth users. It is estimated around 20% of contamination problems are linked to labs; 80% to meth users.

Did you know?

Australia has the highest number of meth users per capita in the English-speaking world, and that number is now three times higher than it was in 2011. Smoking meth regularly can contaminate a home and regular smoking of the drug can return contamination readings as high as those produced by a meth lab.

How to manage risk and add value for your landlords' properties

1. Regular screening for rental properties

We recommend rental properties are screened regularly for meth residue. Not only does it ensure early detection, when remediation is less likely to be expensive, it also deters tenants from using or making meth in your property.

2. Screening between tenants

There have been cases recently where tenants have sued landlords, because health problems led to discovery of meth residue in the homes they were renting. Screening for meth residue between tenancies ensures you are living up to your responsibility to provide a home that is fit for purpose.

We are not linked to any remediation companies, so we can provide an unbiased assessment of your property. After samples are correctly taken, analysis is conducted at an National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) laboratory.

Meth residue screening establishes meth use by tenants. Regular testing at tenancy change provides a deterrent to meth use and detects contamination problems early, when they are easier to fix.

Legal Risks

As a property owner or manager, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring a property is safe for habitation. Australian laws (EPA and local government) say that meth contamination above 0.5 micrograms in a space 100cm square (0.5μg/100cm²) is not acceptable. Landlords face law suits from tenants moving into an already-contaminated property, and adjoining neighbours may also seek legal advice.

Financial Risks

Contamination levels greater than 0.5μg/100cm² require a property to be remediated. Decontamination can require treating or ripping out carpet, curtains, wall linings, ceilings, electrical wiring, air conditioners, heating and insulation. Discovering contamination as early as possible makes remediation less expensive. It also means meth-using tenants can be evicted before contamination levels increase any further.

Health Risks

While meth residue is odourless and invisible, exposure can cause a wide range of health problems for the property’s occupants, including:

  • Respiratory problems – especially for those suffering from asthma
  • Headaches
  • Behaviour problems in young children
  • Sleep pattern changes in children
  • Increased susceptibility to illness
  • Eye and skin irritation

Base Composite Screening

The most affordable way to screen a dwelling for meth. A number of samples are collected from the property and analysed. If the accumulative result of the samples indicates the presence of meth above 0.5μg/100cm², In-depth Room Sampling will be required to establish which rooms require decontamination.

Our screening services are conducted using the NIOSH Method 9111 (meth on wipes by liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry) and tested in our Australian based laboratory.

Smoke Alarm Solutions expertly-trained technicians will carry out Base Composite Screening at your properties with results being provided within a week – ensuring your peace of mind.

Base Composite Screening Now Available!

Price: $314*

*If more than 10 swabs are required to test a home, an additional swab kit will need to be purchased for $100.

To arrange a meth screening, please email or click the appropriate link in the sidebar or footer. 

If you're a Property Manager, you will benefit from an industry discount when you book a Meth Screen test. Simply send a work order to and we will be in contact to arrange.

*This price is only valid for properties managed by a real estate agency.

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