Posted on 21 03 2023
2023 Healthy Home Requirements
The end of June is approaching quickly which is an important time for homeowners. The healthy homes standards which came into effect on the 1st of July 2019 were applied to all rental properties to ensure kiwis that are renting, are living in safe and healthy homes.
The minimum requirements for the standards are ventilation, heating, insulation, moisture ingress, and draught stopping. Landlords that fail to meet the requirements are breaching the residential tenancy act 1986 and may be required to pay a fine of up to $7,200 due to exemplary damages. If you’re unsure when you need to be compliant, you can use the tool here.
The first requirement is Insulation. Ceiling and underfloor insulation must meet the R-value for your zone. As a homeowner, you may be eligible to have 80% of your insulation costs covered by the government's Warmer Kiwi Homes Initiative’. Click here for the Arcgis map. If you’re in a zone labelled 8,9 or 10, you should be eligible for the initiative.
Heating is another requirement to have a compliant rental. You must have a fixed heater with a capacity of at least 1.5kw that directly heats the main living/dining area. This does not include an open fire or a portable heater. Installing a heat pump is the most cost-effective way to meet the heating standard. The warmer kiwi homes initiative doesn’t just cover insulation, it covers up to $3,000 (incl GST)
Ventilation is a crucial part of the healthy homes standards. Having extractor fans in bathrooms and kitchens will reduce moisture buildup and stop mould growth. Living in a home with mould present can lead to many health complications as well as asthma and respiratory issues.
If you aren’t sure if your rental is compliant or need assistance knowing what needs to be done to make it compliant, get in touch.