Housing NZ to look into slum claims
Sat, 07 Jul 2012 9:52a.m.
Housing New Zealand says it is investigating complaints that tenants of a central Auckland apartment block are living in slum conditions.
Greys Avenue residents say they have had to cope with blood-spattered walls, urine-soaked stairwells, and criminals and sex workers hanging around the premises.
Tenancy Services Manager Angela Pearce says inspectors will be sent out to talk with tenants in the flats.
“We acknowledge that the property isn’t in the condition we’d like, and it is an old building, and we need to make it a better place for tenants to live,” she says.
Ms Pearce says if tenants have any additional concerns they should let the agency know as soon as possible.
Labour has also weighed in on the issue, criticising the Government for being "slum landlords".
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7/07/2012 11:58:13 p.m.
John Davis wrote:
Unemployment is the cause of unemployment bla bla bla <proceeds to stick head in sand>
Offering people the chance to upskill is a worthy thing to do instead of handing out money for them to do nothing but thinking it will magically lower unemployment is a delusional lie that ignores the fact if there is a shortage of jobs and a excess of workers there will always be unemployment.
7/07/2012 11:47:19 p.m.
The tenants have themselves to blame if they lacked the decipline to control their leaks and sex urge. Pigs will turn any hotel suite into a pigsty.
7/07/2012 4:21:12 p.m.
I agree with Dan, there is no such thing as slums in NZ, the Govt is just throwing away the taxpayers hard earned money - there should be more inventiveised programs in rehabilitating/training people into the work force than giving them money - being unemployed is not physically or mentally healthy - it can do no one good and people have to be prepared to move to where the jobs are also.
7/07/2012 3:33:37 p.m.
It is the slovenly tenants who live like pigs who are turning the place into a slum; not the building! lol!
7/07/2012 12:41:41 p.m.
I agree Dan. As for Labour adding their 2 cents worth, these properties have probably been like that for decades.
7/07/2012 10:52:11 a.m.
What a joke, I spent 6 months living in rural India doing relief work, there is no such thing as slums or poverty in NZ.
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