Healthy Homes Are Here!
The healthy homes standards introduce specific and minimum standards for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture and drainage, and draught stopping in rental properties.
Landlords that don’t meet their obligations under the healthy homes standards are in breach of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. They may be liable for exemplary damages of up to $7,200
KEY DATES TO REMEMBER
July 2021 - From this point forward, all private landlords must comply with the healthy homes standards within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy
July 2023 - All Kāinga Ora (formerly Housing New Zealand) houses and registered Community Housing Provider houses must comply with the healthy homes standards.
July 2024 - All rental homes must comply with the healthy homes standards.
All Pukeko Rental Managers understand the standards and the impacts on landlords and the specific properties they manage. They are helping landlords navigate these changes for:
- moisture ingress and drainage
- draught stopping
For those landlords who do not have a property manager helping them through this period of change, Tenancy NZ has some great resources to help landlords and tenants work through it all.
Use their assessment tool to determine if you have the right-sized heater, the correct location of heating, and check out the rules around what types of heating are allowed. https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/heating-standard
This page explains the healthy homes insulation standard with compliance dates beginning 1 July 2021. Or click here to see what standards already apply! https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/insulation-standard
See exactly what ventilation is required and where. https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/ventilation-standard
Moisture ingress and drainage standard
This standard covers ground moisture barriers and more. Many landlords have not considered this standard in detail, but as all new tenancies will have to meet this standard from now on, rentals must be compliant. https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/moisture-and-drainage-standard
Draught stopping standard
Landlords must already provide rental properties in a reasonable state of repair. Under the healthy homes standards, landlords must make sure the premises doesn’t have unreasonable gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, skylights, floors, and doors which cause noticeable draughts. Landlords can’t use the age and condition of the house as a reason not to stop gaps or holes. This guide covers exactly what a tenant can request and how. https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/draught/
Lastly, this PDF covers all the Key Facts you need to know: View It Here
Do you know a landlord who could do with some help to ensure their properties meet regulation standards? We are happy to help! Just send us their info and we will get in touch: https://www.pukekorentalmanagers.co.nz/property-management/