7 Mar 2013

Some HNZ properties sub-standard: Smith

2:52 pm on 7 March 2013

Housing Minister Nick Smith has acknowledged some Housing New Zealand properties are in sub-standard condition.

Dr Smith has asked officials to further investigate whether warrant of fitness checks for rental properties would be beneficial and how the checks would work.

The minister said on Thursday that Housing New Zealand properties would be the first to undergo checks if they were put in place.

Dr Smith said an advisory group on child poverty earlier said houses should have compulsory warrant of fitness checks before houses are rented.