Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Avoiding Property Pitfalls The Focus Of New Guide

A multi-storey development across the street, a motorway designation through the backyard, or noise from the nightclub next door  all factors that could potentially ruin the perfect property.

But, future property pitfalls can be avoided. Environment Minister Marian Hobbs today launches a new guide aimed at better informing property buyers.

"Nobody wants to find that a property they have just purchased could be affected by factors they never thought to consider," Marian Hobbs said. "Asking the right questions and doing some basic homework is the best way to avoid problems in the future."

In response to concerns from councils, who increasingly have to deal with complaints from unhappy property owners, the Ministry for the Environment has produced a simple guide for the public called Thinking of buying a property?

The guide points out a few basics, such as how a district council plan can set limits on things like the height of an extension, what you can do on your property, or how much noise you can make. It also points out how to check on what restrictions might exist that could affect a property, such as a motorway designation, heritage site or road widening area.

Often, it is the simple things that can cause the biggest concerns, Marian Hobbs said.

"For example, it wouldn't be uncommon for an apartment purchaser to find that at 5am three days a week, the nightclub next door empties several hundred bottles into a dumpster. It might not seem like a big thing  unless you're the person being woken!"

If an area is zoned commercial, or allows a nightclub to operate, the apartment owner may be able to do very little to stop the racket. Considering the noise factor before purchasing and looking at ways to address it, such as with double-glazing, or even seeking a new apartment, should mean the problem is avoided.

"We’re not trying to put people off buying houses," Marian Hobbs said. "The simple message is do some basic checking on the things that are important to you before signing up, and avoid problems in the future."

The guide is available free from the Ministry or can be downloaded from the Ministry’s website: www.mfe.govt.nz

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>

ALSO:

Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>

ALSO:

Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels