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Ensure that your rental property complies with the new healthy homes standards.

Our Tenancy Laws are Changing – Does Your Rental Property Comply with the new Healthy Homes Standards?

If you’re buying a rental property, it’s your responsibility as a landlord to ensure it complies with the new Healthy Homes Standards.

These standards became law on 1 July 2019 to improve the quality of rental properties in New Zealand and to help tenants keep their homes warm and dry. As such, the healthy homes standards outline the minimum requirements for rental properties in five key areas:

  • Heating
  • Ventilation
  • Insulation
  • Moisture Ingress and Drainage
  • Draught Stopping

Our healthy homes inspections assess your rental property’s current compliance with all five standards.

That way, you can get a clear picture of where your property stands, and which measures you may need to take to comply with the residential tenancy act.

How we Assess Your Rental Property’s Healthy Homes Compliance

When carrying out a healthy homes inspection, we assess your rental property’s compliance with each of the five standards.

Heating

We look at the heating source of the main living room and determine whether it meets the standard requirement in terms of type and heating capacity.

Insulation

We inspect your property’s ceiling and underfloor insulation (where accessible) to ensure they comply with the current standards that have been legislation since 1 July 2019.

Ventilation

We assess whether the windows in the living, dining, kitchen, and bedrooms provide adequate ventilation and check the kitchen and bathrooms for suitable extractor fans.

Moisture Ingress and Drainage

We will check whether your property has efficient drainage systems to remove storm water, surface water, and groundwater. If your property has an enclosed sub-floor space, we will also assess whether an adequate moisture barrier is present.

Draught Stopping

We conduct a visual inspection of the exterior joinery to identify gaps in walls, ceilings, windows, skylights, floors and doors. We also check that any unused open fireplaces are closed or blocked to prevent draughts from occuring.

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