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Easy Insulation, Heating, and Ventilation:
Our healthy homes standards process


The Easy Insulation Healthy Homes Standards assessment template is designed to include key regulatory information and explanations on what's being assessed, and why. Our healthy homes standards assessment and statement form is designed to provide all the necessary information required for the statement of compliance required from 1 July 2020 onwards.

It is the goal of Easy Insulation to make Healthy Homes Standards compliance as pain-free as possible for landlords and property management agencies.

We communicate clearly with tenants, and schedule assessments to trained assessors' calendars. Assessors carefully work through our assessment template on site. Our office collates all relevant files, and we store them in unique folders for future reference. PDF or Word file reports are emailed to the relevant parties.

From 1 July 2019, record keeping on the part of the landlord is a required under the healthy homes standards, and Easy Insulation supports this requirement throughout our interaction with a landlord/agency.

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Please note this information is a guide only, and may not cover all situations. It should not be used as a substitute for legislation or for legal or other expert advice.

For more information on Health Homes Standards visit: www.raisethestandard.nz/landlords/ or check out www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/

Download your guide here: Healthy Homes Standards Guide.

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Insulation

  1. Depending on geographic location, ceiling insulation needs to meet minimum R-values, or existing insulation needs to be at least 120mm thick.
  2. Underfloor insulation needs a minimum R-value of R1.3.
 

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Moisture and drainage

  1. There must be adequate drainage, guttering and downpipes.
  2. Rental properties that have an enclosed subfloor must have a ground moisture barrier (if it's possible to install one).

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Heating

  1. There must be one of more compliant fixed heater(s) that can directly heat the main living room to at least 18 degrees Celsius.

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Ventilation

  1. There must be appropriately sized extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms that vent to the outside, where reasonably practicable to install such items.
  2. There must be windows, skylights or doors that open to the outside in the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms. These must be able to be fixed in the open position and comprise at least five per cent of the room's floor area.

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Draught stopping

  1. Landlords must block any unreasonable gaps and holes in walls, ceilings, windows, floors and doors that cause draughts.
  2. Open fireplaces must be blocked unless the tenant and landlord agree otherwise.

What are the exemptions to the healthy homes standards?

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Insulation exemptions:

  1. Where access is impracticable or unsafe.
  2. Where existing underfloor insulation met certain requirements under an enactment or bylaw at the time it was installed. Landlords must have a copy of any compliance documents that shows the home met the requirements of the time i.e code of compliance. If this insulation is in reasonable condition it will meet the healthy home standards for underfloor insulation.
  3. Where there is another domestic living space (eg another apartment) immediately above or below the rental property.

Definition of ‘reasonably practicable’:

It is not reasonably practicable to install something if a professional installer can't access the area without:

  1. Carrying out substantial building work, or
  2. Causing substantial damage to the property, or
  3. Creating greater risks to a person's health and safety than is normally acceptable, or
  4. It is otherwise not reasonably practicable for a professional installer to carry out the work.

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Keeping records

  1. From 1 July 2019, landlords must keep records of all documents that show how they are complying with the healthy homes standards.

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Tenancy agreements

As part of the healthy homes standards, there is additional information that landlords must include in new, varied or renewed tenancy agreements. This applies to both boarding houses and standard tenancies.

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Compliance timeframes*

Private landlords must meet the standards within 90 days from the start of any new, or renewed tenancy from 1 July 2021. All tenancies must meet the standard by 1 July 2024.

The timeline below outlines all the important dates for the introduction of the healthy homes standards.

1 July 2019

Ceiling and underfloor insulation is compulsory in all rental properties where it is reasonably practicable to install.

All new, varied or renewed tenancy agreements must include a signed statement that the landlord will comply with the healthy homes standards as required by the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.

This statement is in addition to the existing requirement since 1 July 2016 to include a signed insulation statement with all new5 tenancy agreements that covers what insulation a property has, where it is, what type and what condition.

Landlords must keep relevant documents as evidence of
compliance with the healthy homes standards.

1 July 2020

All new, varied or renewed tenancy agreements must include specific information about the property’s current level of compliance with the healthy homes standards.

This isn’t required if the tenancy is a fixed term that ends before the healthy homes compliance date for the tenancy.

Details on the information required is covered in the ‘tenancy agreements’ section on page 18.

 

1 July 2021

All private rental properties must comply with the healthy homes standards within 90 days of a new (or renewed) tenancy.

All boarding houses (except Housing New Zealand and registered Community Housing Provider houses) must comply with the healthy homes standards.

1 July 2023

All houses rented out by Housing New Zealand and Community Housing Providers must comply with the healthy homes standards.

1 July 2024

All rental homes must comply with the healthy homes standards.

* See tenancy.govt.nz/starting-a-tenancy/tenancy-agreements/ for a complete explanation of statements that must accompany tenancy agreements.

Please note this information is a guide only, and may not cover all situations. It should not be used as a substitute for legislation or for legal or other expert advice.

For more information on Health Homes Standards visit: www.raisethestandard.nz/landlords/ or check out www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/

Download your guide here: Healthy Homes Standards Guide.

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