C o u r t o rd e rs r e h e a r i n g o f S a l t f a m i ly ev i c t i o n c a s e

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Last June, the tri­bunal ruled there was not enough ev­i­dence to evict Mrs Salt, de­spite com­plaints from neigh­bours of vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­da­tion from the prop­erty.

Sev­eral of Mrs Salt’s nine chil­dren were in­volved in the in­ci­dents raised at the hear­ing.

Hous­ing New

Zealand suc­cess­fully ap­pealed the de­ci­sion in court last month and the re­hear­ing will look at the orig­i­nal evic­tion ap­pli­ca­tion.

“This judge­ment is sig­nifi - cant for all res­i­den­tial land­lords,” says Hous­ing New Zealand op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor Celia Pa­trick.

“It quashes a rul­ing by the Ten­ancy Tri­bunal that, if left A woman whose fam­ily was ac­cused of ter­ror­is­ing their Mt Al­bert street will face an­other evic­tion at­tempt by Hous­ing New Zealand.

The Auck­land District Court has or­dered the Ten­ancy Tri­bunal to re­hear the case against Range View Rd res­i­dent Sharon Salt. in place, could have al­tered the le­gal bal­ance be­tween a ten­ant’s rights and a neigh­bour’s rights.”

Cor­po­ra­tion lawyer Nick Flana­gan ar­gued the tri­bunal had erred in the way it ran last year’s hear­ing and the way it ap­plied the law to the case.

Ms Pa­trick says the judge­ment has pro­vided valu­able guid­ance on what the tri­bunal needs to con­sider in fu­ture cases when de­cid­ing if a ten­ant’s be­hav­iour is caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant dis­tur­bance to the neigh­bour­hood.

“Hous­ing New Zealand has an obli­ga­tion to some 200,000 New Zealan­ders who live in state homes, and the com­mu­ni­ties around them, to play a lead­er­ship role in help­ing to defi n e the rights and obli­ga­tions of ten­ants and neigh­bours.

“That has been achieved in this case.”

Nei­ther Mrs Salt nor her lawyer Jeremy Sut­ton would com­ment on the ap­peal out­come.

The tri­bunal has yet to set a new hear­ing date.

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