Fam­ily want out of mouldy home

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

A Toko­roa fam­ily liv­ing in a mould-rid­dled rental want com­pen­sa­tion so they can get out and rent a safer home.

For nine months Seth Lougheed, his part­ner, and their three-month-old baby have rented a house in Toko­roa for $240 a week but have only been able to use their tiny lounge, din­ing, and kitchen area be­cause of sub­stan­tial black mould.

The place is also freez­ing de­spite a fire go­ing con­stantly. The ma­jor­ity of win­dows and doors also don’t shut prop­erly, the floor un­der the bath is soft, the wooden deck is rot­ten, the back gar­den floods and the roof panel above the fire re­cently col­lapsed, they claim.

Lougheed’s part­ner, whose name has been omit­ted for le­gal rea­sons, said while they have re­peat­edly com­plained to Ray White Real Es­tate Toko­roa, which man­ages the prop­erty, lit­tle has been done to rem­edy the prob­lems.

While Ray White is now ad­dress­ing the mul­ti­ple is­sues in the house and the fam­ily say they just want to move due to the stress but they can’t af­ford to.

Har­veys Real Es­tate Toko­roa of­fered to help the fam­ily find a place but noth­ing was avail­able that would al­low dogs.

Lougheed said they have since been in touch with their for­mer rental manger in Hamil­ton who has found them an ap­pro­pri­ate house which will be avail­able in a cou­ple of weeks.

The prob­lem is their cur­rent bond is only $900 and although it can likely be trans­ferred it falls a long way short of the $2400 bond for the Hamil­ton prop­erty.

Lougheed said Ray White has of­fered to pay $1000 to­wards mov­ing costs and $400 in back rent for the rooms that haven’t been used but said this was not enough.

‘‘What about all our pos­ses­sions we have had to throw away be­cause of this?,’’ he said.

Ray White New Zealand Busi­ness and Performance Ex­ec­u­tive Zac Snelling would not con­firm if the fam­ily had been of­fered com­pen­sa­tion.

‘‘Ba­si­cally there is a lot go­ing on in the back­ground so I am not at lib­erty to dis­cuss this while there are on­go­ing is­sues,’’ he said.

PHOTO: CHRIS­TEL YARDLEY/FAIR­FAX NZ

Seth Lougheed and three-month-old Lucy live in a mould-rid­dled home.

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