Tenants from hell moving out

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Last updated 17:21 04/03/2014
Liam Kelly, Craig Hunter
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SORRY: Tenants Liam Kelly, 18, and Craig Hunter, 24, say social media is to blame for a series of out of control parties at their flat in Hands Rd, Christchurch.

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Tenants of an infamous Christchurch party house have agreed to move out as soon as possible after another rowdy gathering was broken up by police.

The property manager of the rental property in Hands Rd, Middleton, has also made an application to the Tenancy Tribunal to have the group of young men evicted in case they back-track on their word.

Dozens of disorderly, drunk teenagers scattered as police responded to reports of fighting in Hands Rd about 1.30am on Sunday.

No one was arrested but a 17-year-old was taken to hospital with a head injury and underage drinkers were fined, police said.

It was the second time staff had been dispatched to the area within three hours after phone calls from concerned residents in the area.

A month ago, tenants at the rental property gave assurances to their landlord that their days of hosting parties at the address were over after a string of police call-outs to the area.

However, police yesterday confirmed they had been called after reports of wild parties at the property nearly every weekend since.

Senior Sergeant Gordon Spite could not understand why the tenants had not been evicted.

This afternoon, property manager Eddie Wongeoon, said he had spoken with one of the tenants, Craig Hunter, 24, who had agreed to move out as soon as possible.  

Wongeoon, who owns property management company Wongeoon Vast, said he had also made an application to the Tenancy Tribunal that would be withdrawn if the troublesome tenants moved out before a hearing. 

Yesterday, landlord Des Gee said he wanted the tenants out but the situation had to be handled carefully so frightened residents were not terrorised further.

''It could get very angry and nasty and I don't want that to happen, Gee said.

''They are young people and they are a bit silly but it's about time they got their heads screwed on.

''I don't like to put people out on the street - I like to give people a fair chance - but they've pretty much gutted me.''

The tenants have previously said that social media and a problem flatmate were to blame for several of out-of-control parties at the property.

Hunter and Liam Kelly, 18, had promised to return peace to the neighbourhood after learning which of their friends to trust.

Yesterday, Hunter said there had been no parties at the house since early February.

"We haven't had any parties - we had a couple of drinks."

Hunter declined to comment this afternoon.

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