Preparing your rental property for the Healthy Homes Standards is essential. We share everything you need to know to ensure your investment meets the requirements, well ahead of the compliance date. Together, we can ensure that your tenants are healthier and happier in their homes.
The Healthy Homes Standards are a set of minimum requirements for the quality of rental properties in New Zealand.
The Standards became law on 1 July 2019, with a clearly defined timeline between then and 1 July 2024 - the date when all rental homes must comply with the Healthy Homes Standards, regardless of the length or status of their current tenancy agreements.
The Healthy Homes Standards became law on 1 July 2019 with a five-year rollout plan. In this blog, we break down the timeline for complying with the new requirements, highlighting your obligation as a landlord at every stage.
It’s important to understand why the Healthy Homes Standards were created. In this blog, we’ll explore the research and reasoning behind the new legislation.
At present, we have no reason to believe that the COVID-19 outbreak in New Zealand will affect the timeline for the Healthy Homes Standards. This is subject to change and we will update our information accordingly.
If a property requires new heating, insulation or other work, this will need to be paid for by the property owner. We understand that enforced expenses can throw a spanner in your budget. Fortunately, any required changes are likely to mean less mould, less dampness and less resulting damage to the property, lowering ongoing maintenance costs and making sure your tenants are happy and healthy.
Not necessarily. Many rental properties across the country already meet and exceed the Healthy Homes Standards. However, we have found that some newer homes that comply with recent building codes still require additional heating or other work. It’s best to check your house for all standards.
All residential tenancies will need to be compliant by 1 July 2024. However, you may need to comply with the standards prior to this, depending on when your tenancy agreement renews, changes or begins. For a more detailed timeline, check out our free e-book.
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