Re­place the car, it’s af­fect­ing the prop­erty prices

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON AND KATA­RINA WIL­LIAMS

‘‘It's a good re­minder not to sweat the lit­tle things and en­joy life’’

A ve­hi­cle on Han­nah O’Donnell’s Whitby drive­way was low­er­ing the tone, an anony­mous note told her, and she should get rid of it be­fore it af­fected her neigh­bours’ house sales.

‘‘Flotilla Place is a sought-af­ter res­i­den­tial lo­ca­tion and all res­i­dents have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to up­hold cer­tain stan­dards,’’ the note said.

‘‘It has been noted that a ve­hi­cle that falls well short of such stan­dards is per­ma­nently parked at your ad­dress.

‘‘There are prop­er­ties be­ing mar­keted in the street cur­rently and ve­hi­cles like yours could have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the price that your neigh­bours will be able to achieve ...

‘‘It is rec­om­mended that you con­sider a plan to re­place your ve­hi­cle.’’

O’Donnell was one of two peo­ple in the street to re­ceive the notes and said she was more amused than of­fended.

‘‘I think peo­ple were gen­er­ally quite sur­prised and shocked. Most peo­ple thought it was quite funny, like I did, and haven’t re­ally taken of­fence, but I think a cou­ple of peo­ple def­i­nitely did.’’

One home­owner sus­pected the note-drop­per may have been driven to de­spair by a white car that was of­ten parked fac­ing the wrong way on the street.

Oth­ers, how­ever, pointed to the lan­guage in the note, and won­dered if it came from real es­tate agents.

Har­courts agent Andy Cool­ing, who is mar­ket­ing one of the houses for sale in the street, said: ’’I don’t re­ally care about what car they drive ... It’s not go­ing to make any­body want to sell or buy a house de­pend­ing on what car you drive, is it?’’

Mike Pero agent Wayne Kemp, mar­ket­ing the other house, said he had spent the week in Auck­land. ’’It cer­tainly wasn’t us ... I’ve got bet­ter things to do than look at cars in drive­ways. You don’t judge a house by the car.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said he had seen the post on Face­book and thought ‘‘it was the sort of thing you see in a com­edy show’’.

‘‘It’s cer­tainly not in­dica­tive of Porirua peo­ple, but in ev­ery com­mu­nity we have those peo­ple who spend a lit­tle too much time wor­ry­ing about what their neigh­bours are do­ing.

‘‘It’s a good re­minder to not sweat the lit­tle things and en­joy life.’’

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