31 May 2014

Call to ease laws on demolition - Chadwick

11:53 pm on 31 May 2014

The Mayor of Rotorua is calling for a law change to make it easier for councils to demolish derelict houses.

Steve Chadwick says there are seven derelict houses in the Rotorua district, and they're a magnet for rubbish-dumping, vandalism and arson.

But she says under current law, it's incredibly difficult to do anything about them.

Mrs Chadwick says even when the owners can't be traced, there's a very high legal threshhold for councils to meet to be able to take over properties for demolition or repair.

She wants an amendment to the Building Act that would define a derelict site or building.