The latest Government’s Healthy Home Standards have officially been signed off and became law on 1 July 2019. The standards strive to increase the quality of rental homes and cover enhancements to heating, insulation, ventilation, and address issues with moisture ingress, drainage and draught stopping.
The implication for landlords is all private rentals must comply within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy after 1 July 2021, with all private rentals complying by 1 July 2024. It indicates that landlords have to be responsible for maintaining and improving the quality of their rental properties. Furthermore, these standards will help landlords to ensure that their properties are healthier, safer homes and lower maintenance costs that’ll make their investment more lucrative. The tenants will also raise benefit from these standards due to more manageable for them to keep their homes warm and dry.Enter your text here…
What is required to comply with these standards?
- A rental property should provide a heating device in the main living area that able to maintain to 18 degree Celsius. No less than 1.5kw or greater than 2.4kw.
- Have ceiling and underfloor insulation that either meets the 2008 Building Code insulation standard, or (for existing ceiling insulation) has a minimum thickness of 120 millimetres.
- The rental homes must have openable windows in the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms. Kitchens and bathrooms must have extractor fans with appropriate capacity.
- Install a ground moisture barrier to stop moisture rising into the home where there is an enclosed subfloor space.
- Rental properties must have efficient drainage for the removal of stormwater, surface water and groundwater.
- Remove excessive gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, skylights, floors and doors which cause noticeable draughts to make a home lose the heat. All unused open fireplaces must be closed off or blocked the chimneys to prevent draughts.
Why is this important?
Approximately 600,000 households rent in New Zealand, and New Zealand based research tells that the rental stock is more inferior quality than owner-occupied homes. Research shows a link between cold, damp and mouldy homes and adverse health outcomes, especially for diseases such as asthma and cardiovascular conditions.
By improving the quality of rental homes, the renters will experience better health, as well as lower medical costs and lower levels of hospitalisations. Warmer and drier homes are also less likely to have issues with mould or mildew damage, better protecting a landlord’s investment.
When does my property have to comply with Healthy Home Standards?
- As of 1 July 2020, all new tenancy agreements must state to what extent the properties comply with healthy home standards, so tenants and landlords will be aware of the rules before compliance is required from 1 July 2021.
- By 1 July 2021, Landlords have to make sure their properties comply with the healthy home standards within 90 days of any new tenancy, and all boarding houses must comply with the healthy home standards.
- By 1 July 2023: All Housing New Zealand houses and registered Community Housing Providers houses must meet the requirements of healthy home standards.
- By 1 July 2024: All rental homes must comply with healthy home standards.
Kingdom Home Property Management partnered with New Zealand Healthy Homes Solutions (NZHHS) to help landlords by providing a qualified assessment. NZHHS has more than 15 years of industry experience in building inspection and highly regarded as one of the market leaders, especially in its inspection standards. A careful methodology has been designed to tackle the latest regulation that stipulates that all rental properties in New Zealand have to comply with a minimum standard in their living condition. For more information, please contact us here.