Council to close 31 units

Last updated 13:52 29/01/2013

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The city council has today announced the closure of 31 social housing units which will see residents with only 90 days to find alternative housing.

The closures come in the wake of a Detailed Engineering Evaluation showing the buildings have less than 34 per cent seismic capacity under the New Building Standard.

The council will close 17 units in the Knightsbridge Lane City Housing Complex in Aranui, seven units in the Louisson Courts City Housing Complex in Opawa, and seven in the 13-unit Avonheath Courts City Housing Complex in Redcliffs.

Avonheath and Louisson Courts had already experienced closures due to quake damage.

The 90-day grace period is in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act. Council staff will advise residents of closures and assist them in finding alternative accomodation.

The closures affect 31 tenants.

The council planned to carry out full damage assessments on the units once tenants were relocated. The assessments would include looking at repair and strengthening options.

See www.ccc.govt.nz for more information on the engineering assessments.

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