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What are the new Healthy Homes Standards?

The Government has announced new regulations for New Zealand’s rental housing stock, with the idea of improving the quality of these homes. 

Almost 600,000 households rent in New Zealand, so these new regulations will have a significant impact on both landlords and tenants alike.

From 1 July 2021, private landlords must ensure that their rental properties comply with the standards within 90 days of any new tenancy.

All rental properties in New Zealand must meet the new Healthy Homes Standards by 1 July 2024.

The new Healthy Homes Standards include the following:

  • Rental homes must have fixed heating devices in living rooms. These heating devices must be able to warm the room to at least 18°C. Some existing heating devices may not meet the heating standard requirements, so landlords and tenants will need to be aware of this.
  • Rental homes must have ceiling and underfloor insulation
  • Rental homes must have the correct size extractor fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Rental homes must have efficient drainage and guttering, down pipes and drains. If a rental home has an enclosed sub-floor, 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.

If you are a landlord or tenant and want to discuss these changes further, the please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.