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James Hardie Braces Itself for a Year of Leaky Home Action

Global building materials supplier, James Hardie will be kept busy defending allegations this year against one of its cladding products, HardieTex.

HardieTex was used to build thousands of houses through the 1990s and early 2000s and a new claim alleges James Hardie was negligent in its design, manufacture and supply.

Law firm Parker & Associates is trying to rally support for a class action, urging victims of leaky homes to join a claim filed on behalf of Island Bay home owners, Tracey Cridge and Mark Unwin. The plaintiffs said they were shocked when they recently discovered their home, which they bought 10 years ago, has widespread water damage. The home had a good building report at the time.

The leaky home problem is widespread in New Zealand and Parker & Associates partner Dan Parker said they were looking for similarly affected property owners from around the country. "Anyone whose property was built after 1990 using HardieTex cladding and has suffered damage as a result of the alleged system defects, may be eligible to join the claim." In Auckland, executive member of the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors, building consultant William Hursthouse, said they had already been heavily involved in "hundreds" of cases involving HardieTex and leaky home repairs.

Parker & Associates have offered a free preliminary assessment for the first 500 applicants. "Many homeowners will have no idea of potential problems with their properties and hidden damage without expert investigation" Parker said.

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