Family want out of mouldy home
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.
Seth Lougheed and three-month-old Lucy live in a mould-riddled home.