To boost the quality of rental properties in New Zealand, the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act was passed in 2017. If you’re a landlord, there are five actions you need to take to ensure your property meets the Healthy Homes Standards.
By 1 July 2024, you need to provide:
- Fixed, efficient and healthy heating devices in living rooms, which can warm rooms to at least 18°C.
- Ceiling and underfloor insulation that meets the 2008 Building Code or (for existing ceiling insulation) is at least 120mm thick.
- The right size extractor fans for sufficient ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms, and opening windows in the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms.
- Efficient drainage and guttering, downpipes and drains. If your rental home has an enclosed subfloor, you need to install a ground moisture barrier if it’s possible.
- A property with no unnecessary gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, floors, and doors that cause noticeable draughts. All unused chimneys and fireplaces must be blocked.