Illegal tenants in condemned Wellington building prompts prosecution

  • 24/11/2016
  • By Newshub staff

The Wellington City Council will prosecute Prime Property, the company which allowed tenants to live illegally in the condemned tower on Molesworth St.

The nine-storey building was damaged in last week's magnitude-7.8 earthquake and demolition is expected to begin on Thursday.

"There shouldn't have been residential tenants in that building," Mayor Justin Lester said on Monday. "It wasn't registered as a residential accommodation building."

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is also investigating.

"That building was being occupied in a residential capacity, which was a surprise to many," says MBIE's Chris Bunny.

Prime Property says it was just trying to help the tenants after their previous home was water damaged.


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