About The Healthy Homes Standard
On the 1st of July 2019, the Healthy Homes Standards came into effect, bringing significant changes to both rental properties and owner-occupied homes in New Zealand.
These standards introduce specific and essential criteria for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture control, drainage, and draught prevention, ensuring that all properties, whether rented or owner-occupied, meet minimum standards for a healthier and more comfortable living environment.
Between 1st July 2021 and 1st July 2025, all rental properties, as well as owner-occupied homes, must comply with the Healthy Homes Standards within specified timeframes.
While the implementation timeline may vary depending on the property type, the overarching goal remains consistent – to provide occupants with improved living conditions and ensure their well-being.
By meeting the Healthy Homes Standards, landlords of rental properties and homeowners alike can contribute to healthier and safer living spaces. These standards not only benefit the occupants by providing a more comfortable and healthier environment but also reduce maintenance costs and enhance the long-term value of the properties.
Advantages of Healthy Homes Standards For tenants and Homeowners
Living in homes that meet the Healthy Homes Standards has significant advantages for tenants and homeowners alike. These standards make it easier for occupants to maintain warm, dry, and comfortable living spaces, positively impacting their health and well-being. Research consistently demonstrates a link between living in cold, damp, and mouldy conditions and adverse health outcomes, such as respiratory illnesses and cardiovascular issues.
By improving the quality of both rental properties and owner-occupied homes, New Zealanders can experience improved health, reduced medical expenses, and lower rates of hospitalisation. Furthermore, well-insulated and dry homes are less prone to mould or mildew damage, protecting the investments and preserving the value of properties for homeowners.
The implementation of the Healthy Homes Standards signifies a significant step towards creating healthier and more sustainable housing in New Zealand, benefiting both landlords and homeowners, regardless of property type.