17 Feb 2015

Auckland Council investigates boarding houses

11:44 am on 17 February 2015

Boarding-houses, which critics say can be overcrowded, unsafe and unsanitary, do not have to be licencsd or have a permit.

They are instead covered by various laws and rules.

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The council's environmental health manager, Mervyn Chetty, says it mostly has only anecdotal evidence about boarding houses.

"Maybe the existing legislation is adequate to deal with boarding houses - we just need to have a look at it."

If there were gaps in the regulations, the council would have to decide whether that needed to be addressed by by-laws or some other mechanism.

Mr Chetty said 20 boarding houses would be investigated.

Shutting down premises would be a last resort if problems were found.