Rental that meets the healthy homes standards

Does your rental home meet New Zealand’s minimum Healthy Home requirements?

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Understand New Zealand Healthy Home requirements

New Zealand’s Housing department has been working to upgrade New Zealand homes so that all Kiwi’s live in warm and healthy homes. The Government has now implemented its Healthy Home requirements for rental properties and if you’re a landlord it’s important that your property complies with the standards. It’s all about ensuring all New Zealanders have a warm, dry home that complies with the 2008 Building Code standards.
With the new standards’ requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture, and drainage, all landlords should review their rental properties to ensure they comply.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTHY HOME REQUIREMENTS?

Under the new Healthy Home requirements, all rental properties will be required to have the following:

  • Ceiling and underfloor insulation that meets the 2008 Building Code insulation standard and has a minimum thickness of 120mm.
  • A heater that can heat the main living area to 18oC.
  • Extraction fans or range hoods in kitchens and bathrooms in a bid to make properties drier.
  • A ground moisture barrier installed if a property has an enclosed subfloor space to stop moisture rising into the home.
  • Adequate drainage and guttering to prevent water from entering the home.
  • Draughts that make a home harder to heat blocked.

Tenancy.govt.nz has stated that the ceiling and underfloor insulation requirements are compulsory in all rental homes. Its important to understand and comply with the rules because of potential fines and penalties. Landlords may be liable for a penalty of up to $4,000 for non-compliance.

We’ve explained a little more about the requirements below so you can learn all the healthy home standards.

WHAT DO LANDLORDS NEED TO DO TO MEET?

First things first, you’ll want to assess your current insulation. Start by physically looking in your ceiling cavity and underfloor area to see its current condition. Chances are, you probably aren’t quite sure what to look for. In this case, you’ll need to hire a professional to do an assessment and make a judgment on whether it complies with the standards.
Our AAA Insulation experts can help you determine whether your rental property’s insulation is up to standard. We can help you discover if your current insulation isn’t meeting the requirements. If your house needs work, we can advise on the right wall, ceiling and underfloor insulation where necessary. It must comply with the regulations and be safely installed.

WHY SHOULD YOU INSULATE YOUR RENTAL PROPERTY?

Insulation can help keep your rental property warm, dry and comfortable for your tenants. A well-insulated home can reduce the amount of energy it needs for heat. It also reduces condensation and prevents moisture from building up within a home. This helps keep your property in good condition and makes a more healthy home for your tenants.
For more advice and information about insulating your rental property, contact us today.


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