Residents given a week to leave quake-damaged flats

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Engineers found the buildings did not meet the minimum seismic capacity required by the New Building Standard (file pic)

Engineers found the buildings did not meet the minimum seismic capacity required by the New Building Standard (file pic)

Residents in quake-damaged flats in Christchurch have been given a week to move out.

The Christchurch City Council has announced it will be closing the remaining 20 units of a City Housing complex in the suburb of New Brighton after engineers found the buildings did not meet the minimum seismic capacity required by the New Building Standard.

Earthquake damage has already forced 14 other units at the Reg Stilwell Pl complex to be closed.

Some residents at the complex have expressed their anger at the amount of notice given by the council.

Jason Oliver, 41, recently left hospital after major heart surgery.

"I'm not even supposed to lift things and they say I have to be out of here in seven days... I've got nowhere to go,” says Mr Oliver."We've been here so long already, what's another couple of weeks?"

William Kirk, 67, has threatened that he will not leave his flat unless the council finds him a new place to live, Fairfax Media reports.

“I’ll change the locks. They’ll have to bulldoze the place and drag me out”, says Mr Kirk.

Community Services general manager Michael Aitken says the council is working closely with the residents

“There was certainly some surprise”, says Mr Aitken.

“Obviously nobody’s particularly happy about it but they asked a lot of really good questions about what was going to happen to them, what was happening with the building, and showed a willingness to work well with staff to relocate as soon as we can manage.”

Mr Aitken says it's uncertain how long residents will have to stay out of their flats out or if they’ll be able to eventually move back in.

3 News/RadioLIVE/NZN

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