'For Rent' sign deemed too low-rent for New Plymouth neighbourhoodby Robin Martin
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Pukeko Rentals property manager Stacey Tancred said she got a surprise when she went to check on a brand new four-bedroom home in the Links development in Bell Block, to find the 'For Rent' sign had been removed and tossed beside the garage.
She put it back up, but it was gone again the next day.
Things only got worse when she went door knocking to see what had happened, Ms Tancred said.
"We just got arrogance really and, in my opinion, snobbery.
"Some of the comments from members of the [homeowners] association were that they don't want tenants in here because they'll bring down the community."
Ms Tancred acknowledged she had unwittingly broken the development's rules around the displaying of signs and not sought an exemption from the association.
"There's a Section 14 in there that says no signs are to be erected of any advertisement or any hoarding of a commercial nature.
"My reaction to that was there's 'For Sale' signs, so why can't there be for 'For Rent' signs?"
Homeowners association committee member Ken Hargraves lives in the quiet lane where the wannabe rental is situated.
He made no bones about it: he was the one who had removed the 'For Rent' sign.
"There was no permission granted in the first place and we've never had any rental signs around here that we've ever seen," he said.
"There's 'For Sale' signs, builders' signs and things, but everybody has to gain permission beforehand. I know some of them haven't, but the rules are the rules."
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