Un­ruly Range View Rd fam­ily face evic­tion ac­tion again

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A fam­ily ac­cused of ter­ror­is­ing res­i­dents on their Mt Al­bert street is fac­ing a sec­ond evic­tion at­tempt by Hous­ing New Zealand.

The Salt fam­ily hit the head­lines last year af­ter com­plaints of vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­da­tion from neigh­bours on Range View Rd.

Hous­ing New Zealand ap- pealed against a Ten­ancy Tri­bunal de­ci­sion last June to let the Salts stay and a new hear­ing will be held on Au­gust 27 and 28 at the Auck­land Dis­trict Court.

One res­i­dent who gave ev­i­dence at the last hear­ing says she is not sure whether she will go to the next one.

“My char­ac­ter got to­tally cru­ci­fied last time. It put me to bed for four months. Hous­ing New Zealand needs to win this.”

She says some in the street have been per­ma­nently dam­aged by the fam­ily’s al­leged an­tics. “It’s left long-last­ing mem­o­ries. One wo­man in the street is so dam­aged she will never re­cover.”

Al­though the Salt fam­ily has kept rel­a­tively quiet since the last hear­ing, she says she has still wit­nessed bad be­hav­iour at the ad­dress.

Po­lice have vis­ited the prop­erty re­cently, car­ry­ing out a search war­rant in early May and ar­rest­ing a man on charges of ag­gra­vated rob­bery.

A Hous­ing New Zealand spokes­woman says there have been “a few mi­nor com­plaints” about the fam­ily in the past year.

“They have been tem­po­rary in na­ture and sorted out quickly.”

The Salts’ lawyer John Fo­li­aki could not be con­tacted for com­ment.

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