The ever brilliant Steve Braunias turns his eye to this housing abortion in Auckland and manages to highlight everything wrong with the current crisis in just one story…
Walls and floors caked with dirt have led to Auckland Council serving health notices on the owner of a Grey Lynn boarding house described as a “slum”.
Council inspectors saw a rat and took note of rotted cupboards in the kitchen and bathroom of the two-storey building at 454 Great North Rd, a former convent next to St Joseph’s primary school in Grey Lynn. The property is for sale and has attracted real estate offers of over $5 million.
“It’s a slum in the heart of the city,” said councillor Mike Lee, who requested council send in a team to inspect the premises.
The owner, Rentyn Turner, would not comment when approached by the Herald at the boarding house.
He has a month to fumigate the building, and arrange for cleaning and building repairs.
Failure to comply with council demands could lead to prosecution. Grant Barnes, general manager of licensing and compliance services at council, said the maximum penalty is $200,000.
Environmental health officers allege that Turner, as the landlord of the boarding house, is in breach of numerous health and hygiene standards.
…I’m sorry, the slum lord has a month to sort…
• Evidence of rat infestation. Inspectors saw a rat on the premises.
• “Extremely dirty conditions” in the kitchen, with dirt accumulated on the walls and floors
• Cracked and peeling ceiling paint in the kitchen and bathrooms.
• Mould growth is evident on the ceilings.
• Piles of food waste in the backyard.
• “Unpleasant odour within the premises.”
and all the while this property being used by the most vulnerable is actually listed for demolition so it can be flicked off to greedy property speculators…
JLL real estate listed the property in March last year.
Lead agent Nick Hargreaves said it provided an ideal opportunity for developers wanting to build high-density residential accommodation as encouraged by the Unitary Plan.
“It’s the talk of the town,” he said.
He claimed potential buyers have mentioned offers from $4m to over $5m
…so slum lords can get away with rat infested slums by exploiting the homeless while the property is going to be on sold to speculative developers?
What an unmitigated 9 year disaster over seen by a Government reliant on the property bubble and over inflated house prices to stay in power.
The only ones National seem capable of housing are the rats.