The Government’s Healthy Homes standards have officially been signed off and will become law on July 1.

The standards have now been drafted into regulations and approved by Cabinet.

Private landlords have just over two years to ensure rental properties meet the standards, which some say could mean tenants will wind up paying more rent.

On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters announced the exact standards had now been signed off and that standards would lift conditions for more than 600,000 New Zealanders, who live in rented homes.

 

From July 1, 2020, landlords will need to include detailed information in their new or renewed tenancy agreements about how their property meets the standards, so tenants and landlords will be aware of the standards before compliance is required from July 1, 2021.

Additional guidance information including an online tool for calculating the required heating for a living room, will be available on July 1, 2019.

All rental homes will be required to:

Have a heater that can heat the main living area to 18 degrees Celsius.

Have ceiling and underfloor insulation that either meets the 2008 Building Code insulation standard, or (for existing ceiling insulation) has a minimum thickness of 120 millimetres.

Kitchens and bathrooms will be required to have extraction fans or rangehoods.

Install a ground moisture barrier to stop moisture rising into the home where there is an enclosed subfloor space.

Have adequate drainage and guttering to prevent water entering the home.

Block draughts that make a home harder to heat.

 

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