13 Apr 2016

Property manager facing misconduct charge named

7:51 pm on 13 April 2016

A Christchurch property manager facing a misconduct charge in relation to a man being killed by falling masonry in the February 2011 earthquake can now be named.

The CTV site in Christchurch.

Several post-quake investigations are still under way in Christchurch, including into the collapse of the CTV building (site pictured here). Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

The Real Estate Agents Authority laid the misconduct charge against Christopher Chapman last year.

It said he failed to inform Southern Ink Tattoo that its Colombo Street premises were unsafe after the September 2010 quake and should not be occupied.

Chief executive Kevin Lampen-Smith said disclosing relevant and important information was a key aspect of real-estate.

He said Mr Chapman failed to disclose important information to the tenants around the condition of the building.

A structural engineer's report had stated the external walls appeared to be moving out from the building and stability checks needed be done immediately.

Tattoo artist Matthew McEachen was killed when the building's facade collapsed.

Mr Chapman appealed against the charge in the High Court but was unsuccessful.

His name suppression lapsed last night.

Mr Chapman's lawyer, Philip Rzepecky, said his client was only assisting the landlord in dealing with the building and had not been contracted to manage the property at the time of the building's collapse.

The case will now go to a formal hearing, with a date for that yet to be set.