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Posted: 31 May 2019

From 1 July 2020, landlords will be required to provide additional details in their new or renewed tenancy agreements on how their property meets the standards

Timelines

  • 1 July 2021: Private landlords will need to ensure that their rental properties comply with the standards within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy from this date
  • 1 July 2021: All boarding houses must comply with the standards from this date
  •  1 July 2023: All Housing New Zealand houses and registered Community Housing Provider’s houses must comply with the standards from this date
  • 1 July 2024: All rental homes must comply with the standards by this date.

Standards

  • Rental homes will be required to have a heater that can heat the main living area to 18˚C
  • Rental homes will be required to have ceiling and underfloor insulation that either meets the 2008 Building Code insulation standards, or (for existing insulation) has a minimum thickness of 120 mm
  • Kitchens and bathrooms will be required to have extractor fans or rangehoods
  • A ground moisture barrier must be installed if a property has an enclosed subfloor (if possible). Landlords will also be required to ensure that there is adequate drainage and guttering, downpipes and drains to prevent water entering the rental property
  • Draughts must be blocked if they are making the home harder to heat.