Healthy Homes Standards for Rental Properties
The Healthy Homes Standards have been put in place to help ensure all New Zealanders have a safe, warm, dry place to live in and call home.
Healthy Homes Requirements Include:The healthy homes standards introduce specific and minimum standards for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture & drainage, and draught stopping in rental properties across New Zealand.
All rental homes must have fixed heating devices in living rooms, which can warm rooms to at least 18°C.
Rental homes must have ceiling and underfloor insulation which either meets the 2008 Building Code, or (for existing ceiling insulation) is at least 120mm thick.
Rental homes must have the right size extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms, and have opening windows in the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms.
Moisture and Drainage
Rental homes must have efficient drainage and guttering, downpipes and drains. If a rental home has an enclosed subfloor, it must have a ground moisture barrier if it’s possible to install one.
Rental homes must have no unnecessary gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, floors, and doors that cause noticeable draughts. All unused chimneys and fireplaces must be blocked.
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1 July 2019
The first deadline that has now past was the 1st of July 2019. This is the day that you had to have your rental property insulated or alternatively have proof that it could not be practicably done. All new tenancy agreements must include an insulation statement that shows you comply. The new part of this legislation is that you must also supply a statement of intent to comply with the Healthy Homes Standard within the stated timeframes. It is not something that you can opt-out of and you can’t rent your property out without supplying this.
1 December 2020
From this date, all new, varied (where a new flatmate has moved in) or renewed tenancy agreements must receive a statement of the current level of compliance with the new act. This must include what you do comply with and what is still to be done to comply.
1 July 2021
By this date, you must ensure that your rental property complies with the Healthy Home Standards within 90 days of a new tenancy. Simply speaking, if your current tenant gives notice after this date, you have 90 days to be compliant from the date you sign up a new tenant.
1 July 2024
By this date all rental homes must comply. Between 2021 and 2024 the only way that you could get to this date without being compliant is if you have had a long-term tenant for all of this time which is an unlikely scenario for most.