Couple wins compo over 'drug house' rental

Wednesday 16 June 2004

Leah Wilson thought she had found the perfect house for an entirely natural home-birth.

By The Landlord

But days after having baby Tashi, Ms Wilson and partner Christopher James discovered the house in Oratia, south of Auckland, had been a drug-manufacturing den until just weeks before they moved in.

Worse was to follow when it emerged the landlord had not decontaminated the property before the couple, who have two other young daughters, moved in.

Then, says Ms Wilson, the landlord repeatedly lied about the house's dark past when she asked questions after hearing stories from neighbours.


"I was six months pregnant and thought I had found the perfect bush home to have my baby girl – but instead she was born in an ex-P lab with traces of all sorts of chemicals," said Ms Wilson.

Read More - Opens in a new window
Commenting is closed

Property News

Why the future is not bleak for the housing market

Uncertainty continues to cast its shadow over the housing market but economist Tony Alexander has put together a list of reasons which offset the negatives and mean the market remains well-supported.

House Prices

S&P forecast 10% house price fall

Global ratings agency Standards & Poors is the latest to join the chorus of predictions around potential house price falls in New Zealand – and they’re picking a 10% drop.

Commercial

$75m on offer for new developments

Auckland ’s long-term future is sound as well situated residential developments will always sell and demand for affordable housing remains strong, a leading non-bank property financier says.

Mortgages

Mortgage borrowing rebounds in May

New mortgage borrowing rose by roughly $1.6 billion in May as the property market showed signs of recovery from the Covid-19 lockdown.

Site by PHP Developer