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05 December 2023

I’ve found a Property to buy - Some things to be checked, to ensure it fits my needs

When purchasing a home, there is a lot that needs to be looked at and taken into consideration. 

One thing that may not be on your mind is whether the property has been damaged by any natural hazards.

Depending on where the property is located, natural hazards faced can vary.  Coastal towns may be more susceptible to storm damage and possibly a tsunami, whereas other areas may be more at risk of an earthquake. 

As part of your research for the property, you may want to look at these websites:-

Natural Hazards Portal -

The website is very useful and a good start to finding out about any damage caused to the property you are looking to purchase.


You can obtain information from this website in relation to EQC damage caused to the property.  The website is useful and you can complete an Official Information Act request for information in relation to EQC damage. 

Listed Land Use Register -

This website notes if the property has any Hazardous Activities and Industries affecting it, or if the land has been contaminated. 

Canterbury Maps -

You will find information on this website in relation to zoning for the property, any hazards, if earthquake claims have been lodged, what schools are nearby in the zone.

Environment Canterbury -  

Amongst other things, this website gives you information on log burners and if these are authorised. 

The relevant Council can supply a Land Information Memorandum (“LIM”) in relation to the property, which provides, amongst other things, the following information:-

  • If there are any drainage issues

  • Flooding events

  • Liquefaction

  • Building consents

  • Other relevant information

 For any further information please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Young Hunter Commercial team. 


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