Property manager asked why report didn't go to tenant

10:30 pm on 12 December 2011

A property manager has been questioned at the Royal Commission on the Canterbury earthquakes as to why he did not tell the tenant he had a report saying a building was unsafe to use.

The inquiry has been hearing evidence about the failure of a central city building in 22 February quake, resulting in the death of a tenant. The building was occupied by Southern Ink Tattoo.

Harcourts property manager Christopher Chapman told the hearing on Monday that following the September earthquake he started helping the overseas property owners, Joy Chang and her husband, arrange the necessary earthquake repairs.

The lawyer for the families of all those who died in the February earthquake, Marcus Elliot, asked Mr Chapman why he didn't tell the tenants about a report he received on 11 February saying repairs were needed before the building should be used.

Mr Chapman said by then the building owners had decided to manage the property themselves, and so he passed the information to them as he was no longer involved.