Heathridge Property Owners Left with Tough Choice as Experts Reveal 400 Homes per Month Are Riddled with Meth Residue

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Perth homeowners have been left with the unenviable choice of demolishing their home or forking out as much as $36,000 in clean-up fees after their property was turned into a meth den.

To decontaminate, it will cost them about $36,000. That doesn’t include the screening already undertaken. Insurance won’t cover a cent.

The couple’s story isn’t an isolated one.

Experts estimate there’s another 400 homes per month being infected in the Perth metropolitan area.

In 2018 a Camillo property was named Australia’s most contaminated, with meth residue levels over 7,000 times above safe guideline levels.

Other meth hotspots in WA include Bunbury, Mandurah and Armadale.

The best thing people can do, experts say, is to test a property before they rent it or purchase it.

Perth homeowners have been left with the unenviable choice of demolishing their home or forking out as much as $36,000 in clean-up fees after their property was turned into a meth den.

Joel and Megan had no reason to suspect their Heathridge rental property was home to a darker secret.

With meth residue invisible to the naked eye, it had been going undetected for months.

The tenant looked good on paper, with references not hinting there’d be any problem.

But when they suddenly stopped paying rent, they were evicted and the full extent of the problem became clear.

The home was a mess, with evidence of pill bags and drug utensils left behind.

The property manager was quick to arrange testing with Meth Screen to see just how much damage had been done.

Medium level readings meant the house would have to be decontaminated.

Knowing their house is no longer liveable, the couple are weighing up their options.

To decontaminate, it will cost them about $36,000. That doesn’t include the screening already undertaken. Insurance won’t cover a cent.

The couple’s story isn’t an isolated one.

Experts estimate there’s another 400 homes per month being infected in the Perth metropolitan area.

In 2018 a Camillo property was named Australia’s most contaminated, with meth residue levels over 7,000 times above safe guideline levels.

Other meth hotspots in WA include Bunbury, Mandurah and Armadale.

The best thing people can do, experts say, is to test a property before they rent it or purchase it.