Property News – 25 March 2022

Another fine for notorious landlord

A ‘‘sinking’’ home is at the centre of yet another ruling against Nelson landlord Annabel Black.

Black, who still owes the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) $12,000 for 22 breaches of the Residential Tenancies Act, was fined $290 by the Tenancy Tribunal this month for failing to keep ‘‘reasonable repair’’.

However, a property report by building inspection firm Westwind Projects, submitted by the tenant, implied this judgement was the tip of the iceberg.

The house on North Rd was ‘‘sinking’’, the report said.

‘‘… as evidenced by cracks in walls, windows that do not close and an uneven concrete floor.’’

‘‘Slumping’’ prevented doors and windows from closing properly, and high levels of damp were found in the home, the report said.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 14 March 2022)

Rates reassurance a priority as city’s land values soar

The ‘‘curveball’’ of Nelson’s 73 per cent land value jump is one that cannot be solved by the annual plan, the mayor says.

Councillors stressed during their meeting on Thursday the need to assure the community that the 73 per cent average land value rise in recent Quotable Value revaluations did not mean a similar jump in rates bills.

Mayor Rachel Reese said that the revaluations were a ‘‘a curveball . . . challenging a number of councils around the country’’ and there would be increased financial pressure on the community, along with a potential ‘‘softening in the property market’’.

The council signed off on its annual plan which will have rates increase by an average of 5.4 per cent, meeting its long-term plan target and coming in under the 5.9 per cent inflation rate.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 14 March 2022)

$2.1 million upgrade for Maitai camp

The Maitai Valley Motor Camp is set to get a major upgrade to its wastewater system in the next financial year.

Nelson City Council has allocated $2.1 million for the improvements in 2022/23, which were discussed at a full council meeting last Thursday.

Group manager community services Andrew White says the current wastewater system is more than 60 years old and requires replacing in order for the camp to continue operating.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 16 March 2022)

Dispute over Nelson home runs into fifth year

A Nelson couple locked in a dispute with the firm that built their home say legal bills and expert reports could reach half what it cost to build the house.

Mark and Suzanne Chamberlain are now entering the fifth year of a legal wrangle that spans the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

The total bill for their affordable design-build home and section has now tipped over $1 million with more to come as they prepare for the latest round of court action which with the company which operates the Nelson franchise of GJ Gardner Homes.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 16 March 2022)

Ratepayers on the hook for dam overrun

Tasman district ratepayers face covering the cost of the latest $20 million budget blowout with the Waimea dam project.

Interest on loans to meet the shortfall has been included in Tasman District Council’s draft Annual Plan 2022-23. The annual cost is estimated to be $783,000.

That cost is expected to be partly offset by a decrease in budgeted dam operating costs for 2022-23 because these are now due to commence part-way through the year.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 18 March 2022)

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