Council pushes burnt Allenby Tce house sale

Last updated 15:13 19/12/2012

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The owners of a derelict fire-gutted house in central Wellington have been given three months to sell the property before Wellington City Council takes further action.

The Allenby Tce house, which has been abandoned since 2009, has been the scene of three fires in the past three years.

Council has so far run up bills of $50,000 to remove asbestos, secure the site and on legal action to get the owners to take action.

It has threatened court action to force demolition which could cost as much as $150,000.

Papers released by council show it has had trouble getting the owners to do anything about the old eight-bedroom home.

Council's chief building officer Richard Toner said the owners were trying to sell the property and further court action had been postponed until March.

Council recently had to get tradesmen in to board the house up again and from the neighbours’ point of view it was a bit of an eyesore.

Assuming it sold, he hoped new owners would clear the site.

Mr Toner said he was confident council would recoup its costs. As a last resort council has the power to sell the property.

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- The Dominion Post

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