It has been described as a "long and arduous battle", but last month around 145 Auckland apartment owners finally won their court battle for someone to pay the repair costs for their leaky apartment building.
A ruling issued by High Court Justice Murray Gilbert has ordered Auckland Council to foot the $25 million repair bill for the poorly built Nautilus apartments in Orewa.
The $35m, 12-storey complex was so badly built that significant weather tightness issues were identified just 5 years after it had been built. The body corporate and apartment owners have since been locked in a legal battle against the council and also Australian-owned Brookfield Multiplex Constructions and Walker Architects. The two companies are now in liquidation however, so Auckland ratepayers look likely to bear the large cost of the repair work.
Justice Gilbert found all parties contributed to various defects in the building of the complex but overall the Auckland Council was liable to address most of them.
During the hearing last year, the trial was told that the council should have asked for much more detail during the consenting process. One witness is reported as saying the job had been so badly documented that "even now after about 10 years we still don't know really what they built".
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