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Tuesday January 15

Christchurch landlords need to ensure they are not putting people's health at risk by renting earthquake-damaged homes, the Canterbury District Health Board says. The comments by Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey follow reports that investors are buying cheap properties deemed too damaged to repair by insurance companies and renting them out. "Investing in a rental property brings certain degrees of responsibility," Dr Humphrey says. "As the person responsible for the 'health' of a property, landlords need ensure the dwelling is well heated, well insulated, and well ventilated." However, he said there was nothing wrong with renting such a home from a health perspective if it was weatherproof, well ventilated, safe and ideally had an energy efficient heat source.

Photo by SNPA Jan 14, 2013

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