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Celia Williams-26 Feb 2009

Govt report says every home built in past 10 years at risk.

Thousands of Wakatipu homes built in the last 10 years could be rotting from the inside out – despite officially meeting building standards.

Homes, buildings and alterations undertaken between 1998 and 2008 that have been issued a Code Compliance Certificate may not be safe from the leaky homes syndrome.

That’s because the vetting process might not have been done properly.

A Department of Building & Housing report has found the regulatory agents for Queenstown Lakes District Council – CivicCorp and latterly Lakes Environmental – didn’t properly inspect weathertightness standards on buildings constructed within that period.

And according to LE figures, it means about 11,000 consents granted for buildings and alterations – including 4300 new houses – could be at risk.

To read more in the Queenstown Scene, click here.

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