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Landlord fined over faulty deck - 18th Feb 2015

Thinking of making improvements to your rental? Make sure you get the consent you need from your local council. Yes - the red tape can be annoying but if you're going to do it, it's worth doing it properly to avoid hassles down the road. Read about a landlord who learnt this the hard way...

A faulty deck that collapsed during an 80-year-old's birthday party has resulted in the landlord being fined.

The deck was nailed to a wall but not bolted on properly when it broke off, injuring five people at the house in Te Atatau, west Auckland in September last year.

Auckland Council argued in court that the deck was not compliant with the Building Code and had no building consent.

Landlord Mark Tresham pleaded guilty to constructing a deck that was unsafe and was ordered to pay a $4500 fine and $130 in court costs.

Birthday girl Kalotia Tevi, 80, said the collapse left her not wanting to celebrate her birthday again.

"I'm really hurt about what happened and I feel sorry for the young children," she said at the time.

About 14 people, including children, were eating on the deck at the time of the collapse.

One person suffered a broken ankle and four others required hospital treatment.

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Judge Ongley said the purpose of prosecuting the landlord was to help people understand the consequences when they do not obtain the proper consents or approval of building work.

Auckland Council's building control manager Ian McCormick said regulations were designed to protect people and make buildings safe for occupants.

If people were unsure what was required they should contact the council before starting a project, he said.

- Stuff

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