The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Building Performance website has information on the resolution of weathertight building issues that should be referred to.
As a part of resolution, the option of utilising the Government’s leaky homes Financial Assistance Package (FAP) is available to homeowners in Christchurch.
Under the package, qualifying homeowners will receive a 25 per cent contribution from the Government and may receive a further 25 per cent contribution from the Christchurch City Council, each towards the cost of repairs. The contributions will be based on actual repair costs. Qualifying claimants will also need to demonstrate they can afford their share of these costs.
Homeowners who wish to know whether they qualify for the package should visit the (MBIE) Building and Performance webpage on FAP.
Even though Christchurch is one of the least affected by weathertight claims of New Zealand’s major cities, there are further complications for Christchurch residents who also have earthquake damage to their homes.
Information on homeowner eligibility for weathertight claims can be found on the MBIE Building Performance website.
Many homes in Christchurch have been badly damaged following the earthquakes. Some people may discover their home has weathertight issues after removing linings to assess this earthquake damage.
There are two main potential causes for the weathertight issues:
1. The earthquakes may have damaged the envelope of the home, allowing moisture to penetrate the outer protection. This should form part of your earthquake claim with the Earthquake Commission (EQC).
2. If the damage pre-dates the earthquakes, and your home has been built or altered in the last 10 years, you may be eligible to make a claim (e.g. WHRS/FAP) for the non-earthquake damage caused by leaks, dampness or mould.
The Council advises homeowners to be active in maintaining their properties to prevent potential future damage from leaks, dampness and mould.
Below are some key guidelines to assist homeowners with property maintenance:
For more information around weathertightness and further tips and guidelines for protecting your property against leaks and water damage visit the MBIE Building Performance website.