The Homeowners and Buyers Association says Auckland is heading for a shoddy building crisis as bad as the leaky homes fiasco of the 1990s.

As pressure mounts on the industry to build more homes in Auckland, faster, the quality of work is dropping. Thirty percent of all building inspections are being failed; in fact, some months Auckland Council fails close to 40 percent.

Jeff Fahrenshon has been an inspector for 20 years. He's currently the boss of all Auckland Council inspectors. He says he's never seen the building standard in the super city as low as it is now.

"With a lot more people coming into the industry the skill level has dropped slightly and we've noticed that. Our fail rates have increased."

Almost a third of all inspections fail. Auckland Council has been documenting some of the worst examples. 

Mr Fahrensohn says it's a mix of inexperienced builders getting it wrong and cowboys trying to cut corners.

John Gray, the president of the Homeowners and Buyers Association, says the more Auckland needs to build, the poorer the quality the city is getting.


"The pressure is on to build the houses, to build them cheaply and to build them quickly, and you combine that with poor standards around the building quality, and you're going to have problems."

The council's building manager, Ian McCormick, says it's hiring more inspectors to stay on top of the problem.

"We're coping but we're definitely under load and it's going to put some pressure on some of our service levels." 

The council says they're stopping the worst of the it, but others worry that it's inevitable that some dodgy work will fall through the cracks.

Source: Newshub