Tenant faces uncertain wait for new home
LATEST: All tenants forced out of an earthquake-prone Christchurch housing complex have been offered new places, but one is still facing an uncertain wait to find a new home.
The Christchurch City Council last week gave 20 tenants seven days to leave their units at the Reg Stilwell Pl city housing complex in New Brighton.
The closure came after an engineering evaluation showed the building did not meet the minimum requirement of the new building code and was at risk from continuing quakes.
Today, council community services general manager Michael Aitken announced that all 20 residents had been offered alternative rental units in the city.
Eighteen of the tenants had accepted the offer but two had declined and decided to find alternative accommodation themselves.
Nick Filipov was among those who had not yet been relocated when The Press visited the complex today.
He said the council had been "trying their hardest" to find a place for him but could not find him a suitable home.
He required a two-bedroom unit to take care of his son, who he has custody of.
Filipov said he had been placed on Housing New Zealand's urgent waiting list but was told he would be unable to have a meeting with it until July 10.
His son had asthma, which meant he could not live in a damp home, and Filipov wanted to live in an area near Shirley Boys' High School, which his son attends.
"I'm worried that they'll find a house, say, 'There's your place', and dump us in it," Filipov said.
Most residents at the complex were sad to be leaving their homes at such short notice, he said.
"Everyone round here's pretty gutted really. A little bit more time would have helped."
Filipov said he would stay with his brother until he could find a new home.
Aitken said the council was carrying our engineering assessments on eight other social housing complexes and could not rule out that others would be forced to close.
However, the council would "take every step possible" to rehouse any affected tenants, he said.
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