'Worst flat' rapt with $5000 of free insulation

Flatmates in Dunedin's ''worst flat'', (from left) Steven Walker (19), Jeremy Sprut (19), Madi...
Flatmates in Dunedin's ''worst flat'', (from left) Steven Walker (19), Jeremy Sprut (19), Madi Mcewen (20) and William Marti (18) get cosy yesterday while watching the Football World Cup final. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

Life is about to get a bit cosier for the ''winners'' of this year's worst flat award.

The tenants of the Clyde St, Dunedin, flat - which picked up the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) worst landlord award this year - successfully applied for $5000 worth of free insulation, which was installed yesterday.

Tenant Jeremy Sprut said the flatmates were ''thrilled'' to receive free insulation through the Government's Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme.

At the moment, the flat was pretty freezing, especially before the heat pump was turned on.

''Before you turn it on, it's definitely a see-your-breath situation,'' he said.

Outside the lounge, it was a case of using ''layers'' to keep warm.

The flatmates were thankful for the help OUSA gave them in applying for the insulation.

OUSA student advocate Philippa Keaney said their success showed that students in cold flats could do something to improve their situation.

She encouraged others students to get in touch with OUSA if they wanted help applying for government assistance to get insulation installed.


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