Garage for­feit due to fence fail

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

‘‘We did think at the time the drive­way was pretty steep.’’

A Queen­stown cou­ple are dis­ap­pointed they are still pay­ing full rent for their home af­ter a fence was built in front of their garage door, cut­ting off ac­cess.

Ten­ants Beck Cole and Deo Bohn moved into the Ris­inghurst Tce, Sho­tover Coun­try, house on June 28 and were sur­prised to find a wooden fence built in front of their garage when they ar­rived. It had not been there when they ear­lier viewed the house.

Bohn be­lieved the house may have been built too close to the road mak­ing a pro­posed drive­way too steep and leav­ing it un­us­able but for stor­age.

‘‘We did think at the time the drive­way was pretty steep,’’ Cole said.

‘‘We were told a few weeks later that it would no longer be able to be used as a garage. Then he [the land­lord] de­cided to put the fence up which was a bit bizarre.

‘‘He said he was go­ing to put it up as a bit of pri­vacy but the fence is serv­ing ab­so­lutely no pur­pose.

‘‘I hoped we would get some com­pen­sa­tion.’’

The cou­ple, who own mu­sic store Maya Mu­sic at Remarkables Park, even bought a new car when they moved to Queen­stown from In­ver­cargill and it now had to sit out­side.

The land­lord was talk­ing about turn­ing the garage into a self­con­tained unit and put­ting a shed out­side for them to use as stor­age, she said.

The cou­ple were un­sure whether he would rent the garage out sep­a­rately af­ter it was con­verted.

‘‘I cer­tainly hope not. I def­i­nitely don’t want that,’’ Cole said.

De­spite this, the pair thought the land­lord was ‘‘lovely’’ and be­lieved it was prob­a­bly not his fault.

‘‘I’’m sure he’s not su­per happy about it ei­ther.’’

Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil spokesman Jimmy Sy­grove con­firmed they had been in touch with the prop­erty owner around con­sent­ing is­sues.

A Ten­ancy Ser­vices spokes­woman said the first thing Cole and Bohn needed to do was take the is­sue up with the land­lord.

The land­lord’s let­ting agent Ray White Queen­stown has been con­tacted for com­ment.

RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Sho­tover Coun­try res­i­dents Deo Bohn and Beck Cole are ‘’dis­ap­pointed’' a fence has been erected in front of the ac­cess way to their garage.

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