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From 1 July 2021, landlords must ensure their rental properties comply with the New Zealand Government’s healthy homes standards within 90 days of all new, varied, or renewed tenancy agreements.

The standards cover five main areas:

 For more information please visit https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/

Healthy Home Inspection services are conducted by Betta Property Compliance on behalf of AA Home.

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What are the healthy home standards?

Heating icon Heating

The main living room must have an approved fixed heater capable of heating the room to a minimum of 18 degrees Celsius. In most cases, this will be a larger fixed heating device like an electric heater, heat pump, wood burner, or flued gas heater. Open fires or unfuelled combustion heaters don’t count.

Our assessments are conducted based on the lounge/living area, however if there is no door between the lounge and kitchen (open plan), then the kitchen will be included in the floor area calculations.

For more information please visit https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/heating-standard/

Insulation icon Insulation

To meet the healthy homes standards, existing ceiling insulation must be at least 120mm thick, be in reasonable condition (no dampness, mould or gaps), and meet the 2008 Building Code minimum R-value for your zone. Also, underfloor insulation must meet a minimum R-value of 1.3.

For more information please visit https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/insulation-standard/
 Ventilation icon Ventilation

Your living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms, must have an opening window, door or skylight that opens to the outdoors and can be fixed open. The openable area must be at least 5% of the floor area of the room.

All kitchens and bathrooms must have extractor fans that are vented to the outside. The kitchen must have exhaust ducts of at least 150mm in diameter or a capacity of at least 50 litres per second. Ones in bathrooms must be 120mm diameter or 25 litres per second.

For more information please visit https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/ventilation-standard/

Draught Stopping icon Draught Stopping

As a rule of thumb, gaps or holes with a width greater than 3mm in or around the walls, ceilings, windows, doors and floors that let air into or out of the home will usually require blocking to prevent unreasonable draughts.

For more information please visit https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/draught/

Moisture icon Moisture Ingress and Drainage

Rental homes with ‘enclosed’ subfloor spaces must have a ground moisture barrier. A subfloor space is considered enclosed if 50% or more is enclosed by anything that redirects airflow under the property.

There must be efficient drainage for the removal of storm, surface and groundwater. Gutters must be present and not blocked or broken. Spouting, downpipes and drains need to be in good condition and working effectively.

For more information please visit https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/moisture-and-drainage-standard/

Healthy homes standards

Check out the full details of the healthy homes standards and exemptions at: https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes

Who do these standards impact?

The healthy homes standards affect landlords and their tenants. Landlords are required by law to meet the minimum housing requirements set out in the healthy homes standards. If a landlord is non-compliant, a tenant can apply to the Tenancy Tribunal for a monetary order and/or a work order. The Tribunal may award a financial penalty of up to $4,000 against the landlord, which is usually paid to the tenant.

For further information please visit https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/healthy-homes-compliance-timeframes/. This link will give you some information on which organisations it also affects i.e.. transitional housing, Kainga Ora.

When do property fixes need to be completed by?

From 1 July 2021, landlords must ensure that all rental homes comply with the standards within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy. By 1 July 2024, all rental homes must comply, regardless of when the tenancy began.

Here are some frequently asked questions for more information on the service.    

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