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  Reply # 1091815 18-Jul-2014 22:00
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One more thing. Document all costs associated with this. They could make her pay up.




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  Reply # 1091817 18-Jul-2014 22:01
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michaelmurfy: An update: I don't think you can air out this kind of dampness: https://imgur.com/a/pHelt 


That's not damp, that's infiltration.  The landlord is out of her mind not getting a plumber in to investigate.  She's likely to have a wall or ceiling collapse at some stage.


I am wondering if she simply can't afford it. I am NOT making any excuses for her, the situation is obviously unacceptable. Yes I do know, and she may well know she is avoiding short term expense in exchange for longer term higher costs, but it may be her only option.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1091818 18-Jul-2014 22:03
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networkn:
Glassboy:
michaelmurfy: An update: I don't think you can air out this kind of dampness: https://imgur.com/a/pHelt 


That's not damp, that's infiltration.  The landlord is out of her mind not getting a plumber in to investigate.  She's likely to have a wall or ceiling collapse at some stage.


I am wondering if she simply can't afford it. I am NOT making any excuses for her, the situation is obviously unacceptable. Yes I do know, and she may well know she is avoiding short term expense in exchange for longer term higher costs, but it may be her only option.


This is actually the impression I've got - looks like it'll be quite a big job to fix.




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  Reply # 1091819 18-Jul-2014 22:05
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michaelmurfy:
networkn:
Glassboy:
michaelmurfy: An update: I don't think you can air out this kind of dampness: https://imgur.com/a/pHelt 


That's not damp, that's infiltration.  The landlord is out of her mind not getting a plumber in to investigate.  She's likely to have a wall or ceiling collapse at some stage.


I am wondering if she simply can't afford it. I am NOT making any excuses for her, the situation is obviously unacceptable. Yes I do know, and she may well know she is avoiding short term expense in exchange for longer term higher costs, but it may be her only option.


This is actually the impression I've got - looks like it'll be quite a big job to fix.


I really feel for your situation. My advice, if you can afford it, is to find somewhere else even if you tempoarily pay in both places for a short time and let the tenancy tribunal deal with it. These situations can be extremely sapping both time wise and emotionally. 




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  Reply # 1091821 18-Jul-2014 22:07
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networkn:
michaelmurfy:
networkn:
Glassboy:
michaelmurfy: An update: I don't think you can air out this kind of dampness: https://imgur.com/a/pHelt 


That's not damp, that's infiltration.  The landlord is out of her mind not getting a plumber in to investigate.  She's likely to have a wall or ceiling collapse at some stage.


I am wondering if she simply can't afford it. I am NOT making any excuses for her, the situation is obviously unacceptable. Yes I do know, and she may well know she is avoiding short term expense in exchange for longer term higher costs, but it may be her only option.


This is actually the impression I've got - looks like it'll be quite a big job to fix.


I really feel for your situation. My advice, if you can afford it, is to find somewhere else even if you tempoarily pay in both places for a short time and let the tenancy tribunal deal with it. These situations can be extremely sapping both time wise and emotionally. 



Totally agree and this is what we're doing. I am currently staying at my partners place and now have grown to really like her 100mbit unlimited Telecom UFB, it'll be hard to match that heh. We are currently hunting for a new house and ensuring it is indeed dry before we even sign the papers to attempt to get it.




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I am wondering if she simply can't afford it. I am NOT making any excuses for her, the situation is obviously unacceptable. Yes I do know, and she may well know she is avoiding short term expense in exchange for longer term higher costs, but it may be her only option.


People do get to a position where they FEEL they can't afford doing the right thing, and need help in making the decision.  Often this happens when other things in their life are also going wrong.  The tribunal will deal with it appropriately.  You should get paid for reasonable expenses, don't expect compensation for stress etc.  And a kind word afterwards can make a huge difference in the situation the landlord might be in.




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I am wondering if she simply can't afford it. I am NOT making any excuses for her, the situation is obviously unacceptable. Yes I do know, and she may well know she is avoiding short term expense in exchange for longer term higher costs, but it may be her only option.


People do get to a position where they FEEL they can't afford doing the right thing, and need help in making the decision.  Often this happens when other things in their life are also going wrong.  The tribunal will deal with it appropriately.  You should get paid for reasonable expenses, don't expect compensation for stress etc.  And a kind word afterwards can make a huge difference in the situation the landlord might be in.


If you don't have money in the account to make payments, FEELINGS, have very little to do with your desire to do the right thing. 

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  Reply # 1091929 19-Jul-2014 11:09
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networkn: If you don't have money in the account to make payments, FEELINGS, have very little to do with your desire to do the right thing. 

You are talking about a symptom, not a cause.  I've been there, paying half our mortgage out of our credit cards for 6 months and working 2 jobs for a couple of years.  We are going off topic.




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  Reply # 1091973 19-Jul-2014 13:06
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Errm, caveat emptor.

Nuf said.

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  Reply # 1092001 19-Jul-2014 14:01
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Out of curiosity, could you post some photos of the outside of the house of the area where the leak is occurring? My bet is the house is plaster cladding with taylor fascia spouting.

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  Reply # 1093014 21-Jul-2014 14:11
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I pity the next person moving in, and uncovering the wet, but have the fortitude as you did to deal with the situation .. Pity the rental cannot be put "on notice", just as there is a bad renters list, there should be a bad rental list ...




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  Reply # 1093035 21-Jul-2014 14:22
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Maybe when the flat comes back on trademe, report the listing? Would possibly force the agent to reply to what is going on

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  Reply # 1093147 21-Jul-2014 16:09
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networkn: 

If you don't have money in the account to make payments, FEELINGS, have very little to do with your desire to do the right thing. 


If you have a mortgage on the house the bank has a stake in protecting their asset.  If it's infiltration then it would be a strange bank that didn't help you deal with .  If it's a leaky home then you need to get a claim lodged before time runs out.



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  Reply # 1093311 21-Jul-2014 21:42
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Aredwood: Out of curiosity, could you post some photos of the outside of the house of the area where the leak is occurring? My bet is the house is plaster cladding with taylor fascia spouting.


Here we go - some photos :) http://www.trademe.co.nz/744792975





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  Reply # 1093336 21-Jul-2014 21:53
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Given the age it's possible it has the black pipes that fail.

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