Family struggles for compensation from leaky home

Sunday 29 August 2004

The Mediterranean townhouse up a long driveway was the end of a long search for Yvonne Badcock, Bruce Walton and their 8-year-old daughter Lena. They ticked off the requirements: three bedrooms, split levels, handy to Bruce's work in Ellerslie, big enough for Yvonne to work from home and, most importantly, low maintenance.

By The Landlord

"We'd just renovated and sold Bruce's old family home in Mangere Bridge and it was a huge effort," says Badcock. "We wanted to be kind to ourselves - it was time for easy living."

They bought within days of fixing eyes on the 3-year-old, plaster-clad home with its attractively angular design and aluminium windows.

"We didn't have time to do a builder's inspection," she says. "We saw a nearly new house and the owner had no idea there was a problem."

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