Newshub reports on Auckland garages being rented out

Jul 20, 2016 | News

The Tribunal has given the agent until August to provide evidence Auckland Council has approved the garage for residential use.

“…;if there is no Council approval for the sleep-out to be used for residential purposes, then no rent may be claimed for its use as a residence”.

Newshub’s own investigation shows the former garage is consented only for use as a garage and can’t legally be lived in.

Auckland Council says it has no record of any resource or building consent or any other permit to legally establish a housing unit or sleep out. There is no permit for anything “other than the establishment of the garage”.

The sleepout was converted late in 2014 and has had several tenants since then who have potentially paid thousands in illegal rent.

There was no proper separate power or water meter for the sleepout meaning the tenant in the main house was billed for whatever residents in the garage used.

The Tribunal has already ordered the manager who let the garage, “Debbie” Widharni Iskandar, to pay that money back.

Former tenant Jacine Greaves says tenants in the garage were “desperate vulnerable people who had no other choice, people who had hit rock bottom”.

“She is a predator. That is my word to describe her, she is a predator”.

Ms Iskandar says she manages more than ten properties in the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa.

Newshub is aware at least three of those have garages that have been tenanted, yet according to Auckland Council records none of them is consented for human habitation and can’t legally be lived in.

The prices have ranged from $250 to $560 a week.

Go here to see the Newshub report.

Recent articles

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 22 August 2022

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 22 August 2022

Welcome new CHA team members, Newsroom opinion piece: Unlocking home ownership, Podcast out now, Our Conference is coming back, CHA Comms lead wins journalism award, Tenancy Management Code of Practice, Research Webinar, Sustaining tenancies or swift evictions? Job...

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 8 August 2022

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 8 August 2022

Development Pipeline Platform, Climate Change policy, MBIE and MHUD Building for Climate Change program, Powerful Partners (International delegation visit) Power Housing Australia, Right at Home episode two: Progressive Home Ownership, Council collaboration paves way...

Annual Report

CHA’s 2020/21 Annual Report

CHA’s 2020/21 Annual Report

Strategic Plan

CHA’s 2022-2023 Strategic Workplan

CHA’s 2022-2023 Strategic Workplan

Featured Network

Residential Tenancies Act Community of Practice

Residential Tenancies Act Community of Practice

Our Place

Our Place Report 2017

Our Place Report 2017

Case Studies

Media Releases

News

How community housing can mend our fraying fabric

NZ's social housing register has quadrupled in size since 2017 and big changes to mindsets over house building and housing affordability are needed, writes Community Housing Aotearoa chief executive Vic Crockford in The Newsroom. Click here to read more. 

Anti-Social Behaviour notes Nov 21

Tenants Protection Association (Chch) Inc. Notes for presentation at Tenancy Management Community of Practice Nov 2021 Anti-Social Behaviour notes Nov 21

Newsletters

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 22 August 2022

Welcome new CHA team members, Newsroom opinion piece: Unlocking home ownership, Podcast out now, Our Conference is coming back, CHA Comms lead wins journalism award, Tenancy Management Code of Practice, Research Webinar, Sustaining tenancies or swift evictions? Job...

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 8 August 2022

Development Pipeline Platform, Climate Change policy, MBIE and MHUD Building for Climate Change program, Powerful Partners (International delegation visit) Power Housing Australia, Right at Home episode two: Progressive Home Ownership, Council collaboration paves way...

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 25 July 2022

We pay tribute to Ricky Houghton's lifetime work legacy, a great  well respected leader a huge loss for our sector and Tai Tokerau community, Acknowledgement and farewell to Bernie Smith another strong leader and advocate all the best on your new journey,...

Community Housing Aotearoa newsletter 11 July 2022

Our CEO Vic Crockford reflects on matariki and the current situation with Covid. Our new Community Housing Aotearoa podcast is out - with the first episode featuring interviews with Dwell Housing Trust and CORT's respective chief executives and Penina Housing Trust...

Community Housing Aotearoa newsletter 27 June 2022

Our CEO Vic Crockford reflects on our past, while looking forward, Dwell Housing Trust's board is recognised for their sterling efforts, new research highlights NZ's ongoing housing challenges. Upcoming events include; the Community Housing Aotearoa MSD Training...

Submissions

Legislation

Reports

Research

Community Housing Aotearoa

Contact Us

Contact Info

Level 11, Ranchhod Tower,
39 The Terrace /
102-112 Lambton Quay
PO Box 11543
Wellington 6142

+04 385 8722

support@communityhousing.org.nz

Follow On