House dan­ger­ous and urine stained – ten­ant

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

Ev­ery time Wayne Smith walks down his hall­way, he can’t help but won­der if the ceil­ing will fall in.

The Hous­ing New Zealand ten­ant moved with his fam­ily from their home in Tawa to a prop­erty in Els­don on March 7.

He said the ten­ancy man­ager showed him around the two­s­torey prop­erty ‘‘like it was a show home’’.

There was new car­pet, the walls were freshly painted and, at first glance, it was bright and pre­sented well, Smith said.

How­ever, within days the ten­ants could see through the $26,000 up­grade and the flaws were no­tice­able.

There was an over-use of plas­ter on walls, blis­ter­ing paint, door jambs were not painted prop­erly, rot­ten wood was show­ing through else­where, light fix­tures were loose, rub­bish was pok­ing through the lawn in the back­yard and the bed­room car­pets were not in a good state.

‘‘My bed­room gets a lot of sun and when it’s hot, you can smell the urine waft­ing off the car­pet,’’ Smith said.

‘‘It’s the same in the other [bed­rooms].

‘‘I don’t want kids stay­ing in there. As a Hous­ing New Zealand ten­ant you’re not sup­posed to say any­thing, and there will be peo­ple who say, ‘You should be grate­ful’, but I need to speak out.’’

Smith is also wor­ried about putting items in the pantry be­cause of a hole in the ceil­ing above it.

The most wor­ry­ing prob­lem is in the hall­way.

A large block of con­crete is rest­ing on a beam in the ceil­ing. Smith said a con­trac­tor told him it could come through the roof at any time.

Hous­ing New Zealand’s na­tional man­ager main­te­nance de­liv­ery, Robert Galvin, said the home went through a month­long up­grade to get it to a let­table stan­dard.

‘‘There is some out­stand­ing work sched­uled on the prop­erty and we apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience,’’ he said.

‘‘The out­stand­ing work in­cludes the re­moval of a header tank, the in­stal­la­tion of new car­pet and the pantry re­pair.’’

Galvin said a visit would be made to Smith soon.

‘‘We ex­pect our con­trac­tors to com­plete work to a high stan­dard.’’

PHOTO: KRIS DANDO

Wayne Smith says the paint is al­ready be­gin­ning to chip in places.

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