Home Real Estate Property owners could be exposed to leaky homes

Property owners could be exposed to leaky homes

by Jonathan Adams

A “dripping time bomb” is how a Palmerston North building inspector characterises a largely unseen problem he says is about to impact on the city’s housing stocks.

Steve Brown is worried that a new generation of leaky homes constructed during the 1980s will impact on homeowners, emotionally as well as financially.

Brown said he had seen evidence that deterioration and damage of these houses caused by age, wear and tear, inadequate maintenance or ad hoc renovation was undetected or not dealt with.

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