Property Owner's Rights
Am I entitled to refuse to allow the inspectors onto my property?
No. Council is empowered by the Local Government Act to carry out the inspections.
Who should I contact if I am dissatisfied?
Write a letter to the Drainage Services Manager at TCC and he will arrange for your complaint to be addressed.
My drains were like this when I bought the house. Isn’t this the previous owner’s responsibility?
No. The current owner is responsible.
Council granted a building consent. Isn’t this Council’s responsibility?
No. In almost all cases the problem has been created after the building consent was issued. For example, downpipes from the roof may have been illegally connected to the gully traps years after the house was occupied.
I am only a tenant. Do I have to do anything?
Council has written to your Landlord. All you have to do is allow the inspectors onto the property.
Last Reviewed: 13/11/2012