The final healthy homes standards were announced on 13 May and are now available on the New Zealand Legislation website. The standards set minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture and drainage, and draught stopping in rental properties and will be law from 1 July 2019.
“Making sure all New Zealanders have warm, dry homes is a key focus for the Government and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. Finalising the standards is a significant milestone for the rental market,” says Jo Hughes, Deputy Chief Executive Policy, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
From 1 July 2020 landlords will need to include detailed information in their new or renewed tenancy agreements about how their property meets the standards, so tenants and landlords will be aware of the standards before compliance is required from 1 July 2021.
Additional guidance information including an online tool for calculating the required heating for a living room will also be made available on 1 July 2019 from Tenancy Services at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The new standards will make rental homes healthier for tenants:
The 2016 insulation requirements remain in force. From 1 July 2019, ceiling and underfloor insulation will be compulsory in all rental homes where it is reasonably practicable to install.
Compliance timeline for the new standards:
For more information see the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development website.
For more information please email Healthyhomes@hud.govt.nz