Renter burgled and refused insurance
An Auckland woman claims her rental home was burgled because the windows didn’t close.
Kumeu resident Kathy Pearson had been paying $550 a week for her four-bedroom house.
The house had been broken into twice, the first time in October, and she blamed window latches that wouldn’t shut.
Because the windows were not secure, Pearson’s insurance wouldn’t pay out for the stolen items.
So she used her rent money to pay for them instead.
She was only paying $500 of the $550 she owed weekly since February 3.
‘‘I’m not having people walk all over me anymore,’’ she said.
The cost of replacing two televisions, a cell phone and three computers was about $3000, Pearson said.
The mother-of-two said insurance not paying out was unfair because the broken window latches were not her fault.
She said there had been numerous problems with the property since moving in with her two daughters in July 2016.
Pearson said the hot water cylinders leaked and dirt from the gutters either got blocked in the drainpipe or fell into the water tank, contaminating her water supply.
But landlord Gordon Kim said he did not understand Pearson’s concerns and didn’t think there was anything wrong with the house. Pearson owed him about $5000, Kim said.
The ‘‘extremely’’ vulnerable state of tenants is nothing new, Auckland’s Tenant Protection Association says.
Landlords had the market totally in their favour which made renting a struggle for most people, the association’s chairman Peter Klein said.
Pearson said her landlord did not maintain the property as he was obliged to do under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.
The act said landlords were responsible for providing and maintaining locks necessary to ensure premises were ‘‘reasonably secure’’.
Pearson said Kim replaced the latches but they did not close the window properly.
She said Kim’s lack of response to the concerns she had raised to him were ‘‘really rude’’.
But her tenancy troubles were coming to an end. Pearson’s lease would end on July 16 and she said it wouldn’t be renewed.
Kathy Pearson with dog, Jock, has dealt with issues at her rental property since she moved there in July 2016.