Basic maintenance now major cleanup
FOUR youths have been arrested by police after allegedly causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to a vacant Avondale state house.
The group, aged from 13 to 17, were apprehended on May 5 and have since been referred to Youth Aid.
Police are still looking for a fifth member of the group.
The Housing New Zealand property on Umbriel Lane suffered $10,000 worth of damage including paint thrown over the floors, and graffiti and human excrement smeared on the walls.
The property was vacant at the time of the vandalism and was being prepared for reletting by maintenance contractors, following the end of its last tenancy on April 8.
Housing New Zealand communications manager Amanda Binns says the property had been left in a clean and tidy state by the former tenant.
This meant it would have only required basic maintenance work to return the property to the letting pool, however because of the damage there will now be a delay.
‘‘Given the extent and nature of the damage, it’s hard to tell how long it will take to fix up the property,’’ Binns says.
‘‘Over and above the graffiti and paint, there is excrement on the walls and drug paraphernalia left lying around, which will invoke further delays as we first have to give the property a sanitary clean and test for possible chemical contamination.’’
Binns says if the perpetrators are found to be Housing New Zealand tenants, the organisation will take its own action in line with its anti-social behaviour policy.
‘‘All our tenants are aware of this policy as part of their tenancy agreement with us. It is in place to protect wider community safety and wellbeing and the tenant’s ability to maintain their tenancy with us.’’ Over and above the graffiti and paint, there is excrement on the walls and drug paraphernalia left lying around, which will invoke further delays as we first have to give the property a sanitary clean and test for possible chemical contamination
Police have apprehended four youths in relation to the damage.
Graffiti, human excrement and paint were used to vandalise the house.