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Couple Awarded $407,000 In Leaky Home Case

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Wellington, April 27 NZPA - Honesty is the best policy when it comes to selling a leaky home.

That's the message from the lawyer representing a couple who have been awarded $407,000 after buying and repairing a badly leaking Auckland home.

Weathertight Homes Tribunal adjudicator Susan Pezaro has ordered vendors Arran and Michelle Slater have to pay Richard and Hayley Tabram $407,343 after selling them 89 Pacific Parade, Army Bay, Whangaparaoa.

The house had to be fixed at huge expense to the Tabrams.

Their lawyer, Tim Rainey, said the case sent a message to all owners of leaky homes who thought they could keep quiet about the issues.

"This case highlights how that can be the very worst thing you can do because you end up exposing yourself to significant liability," he told the New Zealand Herald.

The case represented one of the largest awards made by the tribunal.

The Tabrams bought the house for $755,000 in 2005 but had to spend thousands fixing it, engaging Jennian Homes in a rebuild and recladding.

Their case was just one of many where buyers had found themselves with leaky homes needing thousands of dollars to fix.

An estimated 80,000 New Zealand homes leak and could cost a total of $500 million to $5 billion to fix.

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