State houses on mar­ket for 24 hours


‘‘In re­sponse to chang­ing de­mand we've taken them off the mar­ket.’’

It may well have been one of the quick­est mar­ket­ing cam­paigns in real es­tate his­tory.

Last Tues­day For Sale signs went up out­side three boarded-up state houses in Ranui and Can­nons Creek in Porirua.

The Har­courts web­site ap­pealed to ‘‘Prop­erty De­vel­op­ers, In­vestors, and Builders’’ and ad­vised ‘‘In­vestors Gear Up’’, but by Wed­nes­day morn­ing the list­ings had been re­moved.

On Tues­day night Kapi-Mana News sent ques­tions through to the build­ings own­ers, Hous­ing NZ, to ask why the prop­er­ties were for sale. By Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon a spokesper­son said the houses had been taken off the mar­ket.

‘‘We had been in­tend­ing to sell them as they are three bed­room prop­er­ties and de­mand is mainly for one and two bed­room prop­er­ties. How­ever, in re­sponse to chang­ing de­mand we’ve taken them off the mar­ket and re­con­sid­er­ing how we use them.

‘‘Hous­ing New Zealand is cur­rently re­spond­ing to chang­ing de­mand in a num­ber of ar­eas.’’

Hous­ing NZ did not re­spond to ques­tions ask­ing how de­mand changed overnight and the Har­court’s agents would not com- ment.

The houses had been empty for nearly three years ac­cord­ing to Al­lie Burns who had lived on the street for 12 years.

‘‘They still get the lawns mowed and the se­cu­rity guards used to come round some­times to check up on them. But no one has lived in them for ages.’’

Hous­ing NZ told the pre­vi­ous ten­ants they had to leave be­cause the prop­er­ties needed earth­quake strength­en­ing, she said.

Zar Ma­son said she and her fam­ily were moved on from two of the houses that were mar­keted for sale.

‘‘Both times I was told the prop­er­ties weren’t safe be­cause they needed earth­quake strength­en­ing, but noth­ing was ever done.’’

She had lived in one house for 10 years be­fore she was moved to one fur­ther up the road and was then ul­ti­mately moved out of the street.

‘‘I’m peeved be­cause that was my street, my com­mu­nity, my chil­dren grew up there. I could let my kids play out­side be­cause ev­ery­one looked af­ter each other.

‘‘I don’t think they should be sell­ing them, peo­ple are home­less all over New Zealand. They need to fix th­ese houses up and put fam­i­lies in them.’’

In Au­gust, Hous­ing NZ said a com­bi­na­tion of earth­quake strength­en­ing, metham­phetamine con­tam­i­na­tion and ‘‘pend­ing sales’’ were keep­ing 486 state homes in the Welling­ton area out of the hands of some of the 523 peo­ple on the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment hous­ing reg­is­ter. Across New Zealand, 2486 houses are va­cant, and 5012 would-be ten­ants crowd the wait­ing list.

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