A dramatic increase in population of Auckland means an increase in housing numbers. Constructions have been steadily increasing since 1990s and have heated up dramatically at the turn of 2000. As in any other country, there are many regulations and by-laws for constructing houses. City building inspectors often visit the site to see any discrepancies between the house and drawings. They have the power to stop builders working on site, demand the changes, and not issue the completion notice if you ignore all this. Without this completion certificate, you cannot sell or buy the house.
Since the year 2000, we saw news titles of "Leaky home" " Rotting house" "Dumped house" etc. They were all talking about the increasing problem of water leakage around the house, not from the roof but from exterior walls, verandas and window surroundings. Technological advances in building materials and altered building process, were some of the reasons given.
House owners are taking city council, building material
manufacturers, building inspectors, builders to the court for damages
compensation. According to university studies, average repair cost
is estimated around 30 to 35 thousand dollars. Well that's more than
the average annual income here.
Without the repair, you cannot sell or live in it. The owners are faced with the cost of repair work, court fee, mortgage and increase in house insurance premium and further more they are faced with health risk, longevity of the house, and restless nights. Some may face personal bankrupsy because he cannot sell his house, has no money to repair and mortgage starts creeping in. Some are just "touch-up and sell" houses but this only passes the problem on to the new owner. Well we all know something has to be done very very quickly before the Labour and National parties make this unfortunate shambles into a political battlefield. That would be an even worse scenario.
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