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Weathertight homes

Weathertightness is the term used to describe the resistance of a building to the weather. It’s not necessarily waterproofing, but ensuring against dampness and damage to buildings due to moisture.

Since the mid-1990s, a number of houses have been built using methods that will not withstand the weather conditions and therefore do not comply with the New Zealand Building Code. When it rains, some of these houses are leaking because of problems involving design and installation of materials, and in some cases, the materials were used inappropriately.

If there is no drainage or ventilation between the cladding and the framework, water becomes trapped and the potential for fungal growth and rotting increases.

Weathertight homes financial assistance

We are participating in the Government’s Weathertight Homes Financial Assistance Package (FAP), which is designed to give leaky homeowners another option for recouping repair costs. It offers homeowners the certainty of a financial contribution and helps ensure more leaky homes are fixed faster.

Tauranga homeowners eligible for the FAP may receive a 25% contribution to repair costs from Council, depending on whether we were involved in the building inspection process at the time.

Those eligible for the FAP will receive a 25% contribution to repair costs from the Government, regardless of whether Council is required to contribute or not.

Anyone who thinks they may be eligible for the FAP should contact the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on 0800 324 477.

Last Reviewed: 15/11/2017

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