Ironic eviction for Tenants Protection Agency

17:54, Nov 25 2012

A children's charity and a housing agency had to move out in just two days after engineers uncovered major problems with their Christchurch premises.

Barnardos and the Tenants Protection Association (TPA) moved out of the building in Colombo St last week, but both found new places.

Barnardos regional operations manager Susie Jones said the 24 staff members in the building had been relocated to other Christchurch offices.

"We are happy with this as a temporary situation and we will be looking for new premises before Christmas hopefully."

Barnardos had leased the building for five years. It had been deemed safe to occupy, but further engineering work revealed concerns. The Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority has "continuing concerns" about the property.

TPA manager Helen Gatonyi said staff had moved into the new Community House in Hereford St. The association had been in the building for only five weeks before they had to move.

"It is a bit ironic that the Tenants Protection Association got evicted."


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