South Auckland landlords, some dubbed ‘slumlords’, have come under fire yet again following the discovery of a rented out conjoined home, which was entirely constructed from old Lego bricks, StuffedNZ can confirm.
Fetu Loto, 36, had been 4 months into his $700 per week rental on the 1-bedroom lean-to when he discovered brightly coloured plastic bricks after scratching what he thought was a legitimate wall while moving some wooden crates he used as furniture.
“I was pulling the Lion Red crate closer to the wall when I scratched the wallpaper,” Loto told StuffedNZ this morning, “it made an odd sound so I looked, and lo and behold there were Lego bricks underneath it.
After finding them inedible, and fearing for his safety, Loto contacted the local council to question the home owner.
Following further investigation, the landlord admitted to collecting rent for 16 other slum-dwellings in the South Auckland suburb of Otara which were also constructed using questionable building materials, ironically including Lion Red crates, straw bales and one house made from inadequately stacked Warehouse circulars.
“We believe he targeted low-income properties and tenants with little to no education and illegally built onto the side of them unnoticed,” a Council source confirmed, “he was making 50 grand a week and we think this is just the tip of the iceberg in Otara”.