“Healthy Home” policy for rental properties

26 Feb “Healthy Home” policy for rental properties

You may have heard that the new government are introducing a ‘Healthy Home’ policy that will impact both landlords and tenants. The policy was introduced this weekend and provides all landlords with a clear set of minimum standards related to their dwellings that they need to provide their tenants. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The healthy homes standards create specific and minimum standards for heating, insulation, ventilation, draught stopping, moisture ingress and drainage in rental properties.
  • There is some time to make necessary changes to properties to bring them up to standard. Rental properties will have to comply with the standards within 90 days of the renewal or start of a new tenancy after 1 July 2021.
  • The standards will require a rented property to have a fixed heater or heat pump in every living room or lounge. The heat pump or heater must be able to heat the living room to a minimum of 18˚ C. The insulation and draught stopping standards are designed to ensure that heat is retained and not lost too quickly.
  • Landlords may need to install new heating devices or extractor fans in certain rooms. Note that from 1 July 2019 a landlord will have the lawful right of access to the premises of a tenancy in order to undertake work to comply with the healthy homes standards, under a notice of entry served at least 24 hours before the entry.
  • Regardless of whether any work is done, a landlord will have to keep records of how they are complying with the healthy homes standards. These records must be able to be provided to the Tenancy Tribunal or the Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team. Landlords will also have to declare in any new tenancy agreement whether they already comply or intend to comply by their deadline.

There’s a lot to get your head around; we’ll have another Facebook post out soon outlining the paperwork requirements this policy introduces. Don’t worry though, myself and the team are here to help. If you have any questions around the standards and compliance timeframes, just get in touch. Please share this post so this important information circulates.