Questions remain about Govt's plan for quake-damaged suburbs

9:02 pm on 27 June 2011

An advocacy group for home owners with earthquake-damaged homes says people still have many questions about the government's plan to move people out of the damaged areas.

Last week, the Government said more than 5,000 homes needed to be abandoned because of earthquake damage.

Leanne Curtis, a spokesperson for CanCERN, says people are asking whether they can relocate their current house, or remove some items from houses to be demolished, such as special fireplaces or newly replaced hot water cylinders.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says people must leave any permanent features of the home if they sell it to the government.

But he says relocation of homes to new sections will work in some cases.