Illegal tenants in condemned Wellington building prompts prosecution
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.