Quake work continues
Work to identify and strengthen Southland buildings deemed potentially at risk in an earthquake is continuing.
In August, the Southland District Council released the names of more than 100 buildings it had issued with Land Information Memorandum (LIM) notices, advising owners their buildings were potentially earthquake-prone.
Yesterday, council building control manager Kevin O'Connor said strengthening work had begun on one property - the BNZ building in Winton - and he knew of four or five other building owners who were in the process of having an initial engineer's report completed.
The council recommended that owners get an initial engineer's report after being issued with LIM notices. Owners have between 15 and 30 years, depending on the building's use, to determine the buildings are not earthquake-prone, carry out strengthening work or demolish them.
Mr O'Connor said he had noticed greater pressure on owners to ensure their properties met earthquake-proof standards.
"I have noticed we are getting more inquiries from prospective purchasers about whether the buildings have been strengthened, as part of their purchase considerations."
Buyers were looking for engineers' reports and assessments, he said. Insurance companies were also interested in whether building upgrades would be needed.
"I think it's probably going to happen over time, as buildings change hands and insurance polices are reviewed. I think it's going to be an evolving type of process - it might not happen in a rush, but it will happen over time."
No building owners had appealed against LIM notices that identified their property was potentially earthquake-prone, Mr O'Connor said. Apart from one negative response from a building owner, the response had been "fairly positive".
He had spoken to about 40 owners who wanted more information and to know who to contact to get an engineer's report.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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