Cherie Howie

Cherie Howie is a reporter for the Herald on Sunday.

Buried by bills

Charles Blower is worried about rising body corporate fees. Photo / Michael Craig
Charles Blower is worried about rising body corporate fees. Photo / Michael Craig

Charles Blower knows better than anyone how quickly body-corporate levies can skyrocket.

He lives in the Santa Rosa complex at Gulf Harbour, 45km north of Auckland.

Body corporate fees that averaged $100 a month five years ago ballooned in the past couple of years, Blower said, as the body corporate waged a legal war against the Auckland Council over weathertightness issues.

He has paid $2,292 in fees this year, including two bills totalling $1,723 on the same day in January.

A retired cabinetmaker, he is unsure how he will pay the levies.

He fears the arrival of each bill: "I get sick thinking about it. It's having an effect on me. You can't sleep, you think, 'Where's the money going to come from?' You can't borrow money at my age."


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- Herald on Sunday

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