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