To help make New Zealand rental homes warmer and drier, the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017 (the HHG Act) was passed in late 2017.
The HHG Act enables the government to make healthy homes standards with which landlords must comply.
The healthy homes standards can include indoor temperature standards that must be capable of being achieved in the home, standards about other outcomes that must be capable of being achieved in the premises, and standards imposing requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture ingress, draught stopping, drainage and any material or thing related to these areas.
The standards can impose requirements for:
(a) things to be installed or provided at the home
(b) inspection, maintenance or replacement of things installed or provided at the home
(c) the quantities, locations, conditions, types or technical specifications of things installed or provided at the home and requirements about methods of installing or providing things at the premises.
From 1 July 2019, landlords must include a statement of intent to comply with the healthy homes standards in a new, varied or renewed tenancy agreement.
If you are a landlord, property manager or tenant of a private rental house, a boarding house or social housing, then these changes affect you.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) invites written comments by 6pm on 22 October 2018.