From 1st July 2021, landlords must ensure that all rental homes comply with the Standards within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy. By 1st July 2024, all rental homes must comply with the Standards, regardless of when the tenancy began.
How can we help you comply?
To meet the Healthy Homes Standards, existing ceiling insulation must be at least 120mm thick, be in reasonable condition (no dampness, mould, or gaps), and meet the 2008 Building Code minimum r-value for your zone. Also, underfloor insulation must meet a minimum r-value of 1.3.
Savvy Houz Inspections can help confirm you meet these standards.
The main or largest living room must have an approved fixed wall heater capable of heating the room to a minimum of 18 degrees celsius. In most cases this will be a larger fixed heating device like an electric heater, heat pump, wood burner, or flued gas heater. Open fires or unfueled combustion heaters don’t count.
Your living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedrooms, must have an opening window, door, or skylight that opens to the outdoors and can be fixed open. The openable area must be at least 5% of the floor area of the room.
All kitchens and bathrooms must have extractor fans that are vented to the outside. The kitchen must have exhaust ducts of at least 150mm in diameter or a capacity of at least 50 litres per second. Ones in bathrooms must be 120mm or 25 litres per second.
Draught Stopping Compliance Standards
There must not be any unreasonable gaps or holes in the walls, ceiling, windows, skylights, floors, and doors which cause noticeable draughts. All unused fireplaces must be closed off and chimneys must be blocked to prevent draughts.
Moisture Ingress Requirements
Rental homes with “enclosed” subfloor spaces must have a ground moisture barrier. A subfloor space is considered enclosed if 50% or more is enclosed by anything that redirects airflow under the property.
Drainage compliance standards
There must be efficient drainage for the removal of storm, surface, and groundwater. Gutters must be present and not blocked or broken. Spouting, downpipes, and drains need to be in good condition and working effectively.
Healthy Homes Standards - New Zealand Compliance Certificate
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