Developer offers 'free' house in Auckland, if you have a section to put it on

The house is free, if you pay the removal costs and have a section to put it on.
DAVE RENNIE

The house is free, if you pay the removal costs and have a section to put it on.

It's an offer that sounds too good to be true: a house with a zero-dollar price tag in Auckland, free to a needy family.

But that's exactly what property developer Dave Rennie is offering, provided the taker has land to put it on, and can cover relocation costs.

The 1950s three-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow is on Patrick St in Onehunga and has an estimated value of between $75,000 and $100,000.

"The problem facing this city is the bureaucrats," says developer Dave Rennie.
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"The problem facing this city is the bureaucrats," says developer Dave Rennie.

"I just thought maybe we should donate the house to somebody who needs it," Rennie said. "It's a good starting point."
 
The kitchen of the property.

The kitchen of the property.

Relocating and re-piling the 106 sq m house within a 70 km radius would cost approximately $24,000.

He urged Housing New Zealand, Auckland Council and other agencies to get behind the project, so a family could make the most of the offer.
 
He has been renting the property out since he bought it nine years ago. Now, the land it's on is being re-developed.

Rennie, who owns 16 properties, said he was tired of "bureaucracy and paperwork" stifling the Auckland market.

"This whole housing debacle is often blamed on tax-paying investors, and I'm an investor," he said. "The problem facing this city is the bureaucrats."
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