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Hundreds of Kiwi building owners are joining a new leaky homes class action against manufacturers of allegedly faulty cladding. The claim, launched by Adina Thorn Lawyers, aims to claw back some money for affected homeowners.

The saga is believed to have resulted in costs of more than $11 billion to repair or replace leaky buildings constructed between 1994 and 2005, and most of the costs have been shouldered by the buildings' owners.

More than 400 have already signed up for the class action, registering from Australia and Britain as well as New Zealand. Building owners signing up for the action do not face legal costs, which will be covered by a litigation funder.

If successful, owners will receive a portion of the settlement after the costs and funders' share are deducted.Thorn said owners of buildings of any age could join the action.

One owner, Gay Johnson spent $600,000 fixing her leaking Castor Bay house so she joined the legal action to fight for compensation. "My house has been reclad at my expense as I had been told I had no recourse to any financial help," said the single mother whose house was clad in plaster over board, but is now reclad in weatherboard. She had no qualms about registering for the action.  Auckland specialist property lawyer and leaky building litigator Adina Thorn, said the claim was being prepared in response to approaches she had received from owners of buildings constructed with claddings such as James Hardie's Harditex and Titan Board.

Thorn says the claim will not be covered by the 10-year limitation in the Building Act, which covers defective building work. "There's no time limit for joining the action, so a building of any age can join the action. Owners previously believed there was a 10-year time limit, but that is no longer the case, anyone can join this action."

But Thorn said most owners would still not know whether or not the cladding products themselves were defective, as she alleges.

Lower Hutt leaky building owner Annamarie Rangikotua, said she only discovered her Belmont home was leaky when she tried to sell it in 2013. By that time, the home, built in 2001, was outside the 10-year timeframe that would have enabled her to seek compensation through the tribunal or Government scheme.It would cost about $190,000 to fix her home, she said.

Auckland leaky homeowner Felicity Scott has also registered, saying "It's the stigma. I have got a property that's reduced to its land value," Scott said.

James Hardie would not be drawn on the launch of registrations, or the allegations Thorn hopes to prove in court. "At this point we are not making any comment about it," a James Hardie spokesperson said.

Sources and for more information:

Stuff | NZ Herald

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