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Cantabs with most damaged properties to get call

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Wellington, Oct 18 NZPA - More than 1200 Cantabrians whose homes were badly damage in the earthquake will find out the fate of their properties from tomorrow.

A geotechnical engineering report on land damaged by the quake has been completed and owners of the most damaged land will be contacted by phone.

They will also receive information packs in the mail and the report was expected to be publicly released on Thursday.

Around 20 properties might not be able to be rebuilt because of the extent of land damage, Prime Minister John Key said.

"The next steps will involve the land-owner talking to their insurers and EQC about a programme and timeline for the repair or rebuild of their property.

"In most of these cases EQC will be in the process of paying out the first $100,00 plus GST on the damage to the houses so that those affected will get some mortgage relief."

The process could take up to two years, he said.

EQC would be working with each household individually.

Mr Key said local tradespeople would get priority when awarding rebuild contracts.

On Friday Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced Fletcher Construction would run the Earthquake Commission's (EQC) project management office to oversee the rebuild after the quake.

The contract, worth around $1 billion, would see Fletcher coordinate and manage building repairs on about 50,000 Canterbury homes.

They will manage claims between $10,000 and $100,000. EQC claims over $100,000 would be handled by commercial insurers in accordance with their policies.

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