The New Zealand Government’s ‘Healthy Homes’ standards became law on July 1st, 2019. The standards are designed to improve the quality of rental properties around the country. It can often be difficult keeping track of new legislation and compliance deadlines, so we’ve provided some useful information below.
Healthy Homes Standards
The standards set the minimum requirements for rental properties, ensuring every New Zealand tenant has access to a warm, dry, inhabitable home. The standards cover:
- Moisture ingress and drainage
*For more information on the standards visit the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development’s ‘Healthy Homes Standards’ website.
Compliance Time frames
The New Zealand government has put deadlines in place to ensure all rental properties across the country are compliant by July 1st 2024. Below is a guideline on compliance time frames:
- 1st July 2019 – Landlords must ensure their rental property have the correct ceiling and underfloor insulation. A penalty of up to $4,000 will be enforced for those non-compliant properties.
- 1st July 2021 – Private landlords must ensure their rental properties comply with all Healthy Homes standards within 90 days of any new tenancy. All boarding houses must also comply by this date.
- 1st July 2023 – All Housing New Zealand and registered Community Housing Provider houses must be compliant.
- 1st July 2024 – All rental homes must be compliant.
*The above time frames were sourced from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development’s ‘Healthy Homes Standards’ website.
How Rotorua Rentals Can Assist
With the introduction of the new legislation, property investors have become overwhelmed with policies and guidelines to adhere to. That’s where we can help! Our staff are experts in Healthy Homes compliance, ensuring our client’s homes meet all legal requirements.
Don’t fall behind on the next round of standard deadlines. When you list your property with us you’ll have peace of mind that industry professionals are up to date with legislation and can help you avoid a costly fine.
Get in contact with us to find out how we can take the stress out of being a landlord.