12 homes not a major issue

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Dobbie rejects crusader’s call.

A call to recheck all potential leaky homes built in the Wakatipu over the past 10 years has fallen on deaf ears.
National leaky homes crusader John Gray says Queenstown

Lakes District Council has a “moral duty” to homeowners and ratepayers to audit all Code Compliance Certificates issued in the past 10 years.

A Code Compliance is an official seal of approval after building work is completed.

Gray’s appeal comes after Mountain Scene last month revealed the Department of Building and Housing found
the regulatory agents for

QLDC – CivicCorp and latterly Lakes Environmental – didn’t proper­­­ly inspect weathertight­­­-ness standards on buildings built between 1998 and 2008.

It means 4300 new homes and 6700 other buildings – including alterations – could be at risk, according to LE consent figures.

But LE boss Hamish Dobbie doesn’t think a retrospective audit is necessary. “There’ve been 12 homes found to be leaky in the district, which is 0.08 per cent of all building consents issued,” he says.

“It doesn’t appear to me that we’ve got a major issue.”

Of those 12 homes, “not all of them were found to be the fault of LE”, Dobbie adds. Dobbie’s stance doesn’t surprise Auckland-based Gray, who chairs the Home Owners and Buyers Association of New Zealand.

“They won’t [re-check] of course because to do so will expose the council to enormous potential liability for their negligence – so they are likely to sit back and let all of these homes fall off the 10-year cliff.

“That is to say they will wait until these houses are outside of the 10-year limitation under the Building Act that will prevent the owners from suing the council.”

Last week QLDC announced it and LE have been registered as a Building Consent Authority by the Department of Building and Housing after receiving international accreditation.