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Healthy Homes Bill

By Sandra Grammer

New Healthy Homes Standard Rolls out in NZ.

This means all rental properties must be up to standard by 1st July 2021.

HEATING: All rental properties must have one or more fixed heaters, which can directly heat the main living room to at least 18°C and can maintain this temperature all year round. Heaters must meet the regulations set.

INSULATION: The minimum level of the ceiling and underfloor insulation must either meet the 2008 Building Code or (for existing ceiling insulation) have a minimum thickness of 120mm and be in reasonable condition with no dampness, damage or displacement. The regulations also specify where insulation exemptions apply.

VENTILATION: Ventilation must include openable windows or doors in each habitable space. The windows or doors must comprise at least 5% of the floor area of that space. An appropriately sized extraction fan or range-hood must be installed in kitchens and bathrooms.

MOISTURE and DRAINAGE: If a rental property has an enclosed subfloor space, it must have an on-ground moisture barrier, which will stop moisture rising into the home. The standards also reinforce existing law that says landlords must have adequate drainage and guttering.

DRAUGHT STOPPING: Any gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, floors and doors that cause unreasonable draughts must be blocked. Landlords will have to block the fireplace or chimney of an open fireplace unless the tenant and landlord agree otherwise.

For more information please visit or talk to your Property Manager.

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