The Risks of Renting a Contaminated Property – Tenants Perspective
Imagine the following Scenario.
You always pay your rent on time, always take care of the property and are classified as ‘good tenants’.
You move into a new rental and almost immediately become ill, and a couple of weeks later, so does your spouse. After talking to neighbours, you discover that a drug addict used the property.
You were driving home one day and was pulled over for a random drug test; it’s positive, somehow you have to prove your innocence. Suspecting meth contamination, your doctor also tests you for meth, and you again test positive.
Advised not to return to the home due to the contamination and the severe effect on your health, you and your spouse are left technically homeless. Everything in the property, food, clothes, bed, and treasured items, are possibly contaminated and will need to be destroyed.
In just a few weeks, your life has been turned upside-down, and the financial burden facing you is crippling. The quote to destroy your possessions is a devastating $12,000.
You were innocent, but you and your possessions are contaminated, and you are facing a nightmare situation, not of your making.
There is currently little in the way of help from the government, even though leasing a contaminated property to a tenant breaches the Residential Tenancies Act. (duty of care)
Legislation requires you to sue the landlord and agent for negligence and damages for knowingly leasing a contaminated property to you.
If you fail a random drug test whilst driving, it can also be a nightmare to prove your innocence and deal with the possible long-term health implications.
For help and advice, contact Australian Meth Inspectors – www.australianmethinspectors.com.au
Stay tuned for – The Risks for Landlords and Property Managers
Yvonne Lacey OAM