Quake residents fear losing renovation money

5:44 pm on 24 August 2011

Some residents in Christchurch's earthquake red-zones fear they will lose tens of thousands of dollars in money spent on renovations.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee had said that home improvements made since the 2007 rating valuation may be taken into consideration when the Government's offer to buy uninhabitable properties were put together in June.

However, now that offers have been sent out, they specify only renovations which have increased the overall floor area will be considered.

Brooklands resident Tabitha Lang says she and her husband spent $100,000 on renovations, but none of it has changed the footprint of the house.

Ms Lang says they have doubled the value of their home, which is rated at $90,000 and is upset this will not be taken into account.