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Healthy Homes Guarantee Act
What is a Heathy Home? According to the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act, landlords should provide a dry home insulated to a minimum standard. It is likely that one form of heating provided will also become mandatory in near future.
The requirement is coming in force on 01 July 2019 and failure to comply will be costly with fines up to $4000.
You must have insulation in good condition in the ceiling space and underfloor. You must document what insulation you have on each new Tenancy Agreement.
Authorise your property manager to organise an insulation check of your property. A third party professional will audit the property and provide the best course of action. You will need to insulate the rental property/ies to meet the minimum standards and R-value measurement (how well it resists heat flow).
Auckland is in Zone 1 and insulation must meet minimum requirements of Ceiling R 2.9, and Underfloor R 1.3. More information on this can be found on the Tenancy Services website here: https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/maintenance-and-inspections/insulation/compulsory-insulation/
If you know your property has some insulation but don’t know the R values or this was done many years ago and might have deteriorated overtime, you need to be sure it currently meets minimum standard – It may require a top up.
Insulation needs to be in a reasonable condition. An insulation in good condition means there is no gap (other than around downlights), no missed areas, no mould or ripped insulation material.
The R-value standard required is dependent on when the property was insulated originally, and the location. If the property was insulated before 1 July 2016 then the minimum R-value is different to a property being insulated after 1 July 2016 – check the requirements here: https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/maintenance-and-inspections/insulation/compulsory-insulation/
Your property may be exempt from insulation requirements when it is not possible to install insulation. Examples of this are some apartments, houses constructed on concrete slabs, and homes with flat roofs.
You know your property is compliant as you can document thickness in mm (more than 70mm in Auckland in ceiling is good) or state the R values installed. You should sign an insulation statement or have a certificate of compliance from a third party insulation contractor. You will need to provide a copy of this to your property manager and to your tenants.
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