Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS - DAVID DAHYA Can­nons Creek

I re­fer to your ar­ti­cle on ‘‘Slum land­lords’’ (De­cem­ber 1).

I’m glad to hear of ef­forts to­wards stan­dards for pri­vate (and state) land­lords, but it is a shame to see con­tin­ued ap­palling lack of con­cern for ten­ants who are strug­gling/des­per­ate for a home and are typ­i­cally at the land­lords’ mercy.

The land­lords know those ten­ants are the ones who are least likely to com­plain about liv­ing con­di­tions.

Dur­ing 2005 Hous­ing New Zealand Com­mu­nity Re­newal projects I raised many is­sues specif­i­cally on the qual­ity of re­pairs/main­te­nance/ ren­o­va­tions, such as not re­plac­ing the orig­i­nal win­dow frames (which were at least 40 years old), and even wa­ter leak­ing though a light­bulb.

Back then my point was that if you’re go­ing to spend that much money on the ren­o­va­tions/ re­vamps, do it prop­erly or else it will end up cost­ing more in the long run.

In say­ing that, the car­pet was re­placed­with un­der­lay (I was told at the time) and, thank­fully, some of it was re­cently re­placed again owing to wear but, in­stead of un­der­lay, we found an­other layer of car­pet was used in 2005.

This would also have had an im­pact on heat re­ten­tion in the house since then.

I’m very curious to know whether billing then in­di­cated new un­der­lay and who signed off on it. Now my point re­mains the same but, ad­di­tion­ally, any re­pair/main­te­nance work has to be ver­i­fied at the time by the ap­pro­pri­ate agency, with pho­tos to con­firm ma­te­ri­als used.

Per­haps this should be in­cor­po­rated into any fu­ture land­lord re­quire­ments.

Fur­ther qual­ity com­mu­nity re­newal projects should have been the fo­cus and not mil­lions spent on the re­vamp of a call cen­tre sys­tem.

Some things have im­proved, to judge by re­cent main­te­nance by Hous­ing New Zealand. Back in 2005 I said in Kapi-Mana News: ‘‘Do it right, oth­er­wise in­vite pre­cau­tions af­ter the fact’’, and ‘What good is a freshly painted door if it doesn’t close prop­erly?’’

This all fell on deaf ears back then. How about now for both pri­vate and state land­lords?

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