Why is Healthy Homes Compliance so Important ?
Nearly 600,000 households rent in New Zealand, and New Zealand based research tells us that our rental stock is poorer quality than owner occupied homes. Research shows a link between cold, damp and mouldy homes and negative health outcomes, particularly for illnesses such as asthma and cardiovascular conditions.
By improving the quality of rental homes, New Zealanders who rent will experience improved health, as well as lower medical costs and lower levels of hospitalisations. Warmer and drier homes are also less likely to have issues with mould or mildew damage, better protecting a landlord’s investment.
Healthy homes compliance timeframes
From 1 July 2019
- Ceiling and underfloor insulation will be compulsory in all rental homes where it is reasonably practicable to install.
- Landlords must sign a statement of intent to comply with the healthy homes standards in any new, or renewed (varied) tenancy agreement.
- This statement is in addition to the existing requirement to include a signed insulation statement with all tenancy agreements that covers what insulation the property has, where it is, and what type.
- Landlords must keep records that demonstrate compliance with any healthy homes standards that apply or will apply during the tenancy.
From 1 December 2020
- Landlords must include a statement of their current level of compliance with the healthy homes standards in most new or renewed tenancy agreements.
From 1 July 2021
- Private landlords must ensure their rental properties comply with the healthy homes standards within 90 days of any new, or renewed, tenancy.
- All boarding houses (except Kāinga Ora (formerly Housing New Zealand) and Community Housing Provider boarding house tenancies) must comply with the healthy homes standards.
From 1 July 2023
- All Kāinga Ora (formerly Housing New Zealand) houses and registered Community Housing Provider houses must comply with the healthy homes standards.
From 1 July 2024
- All rental homes must comply with the healthy homes standards.
Whether you’re buying, selling, renting or managing a property,
the All Clear Group have a service for you.
NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST
We don’t employ third parties to conduct our field work and we don’t undertake any remedial work.
OUR METHODS ARE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE & RELIABLE
The majority of our Field Team have extensive Scientific and other qualifications and we’re experts in technical property assessments.
Educating our Property Manager and Real Estate customers to ensure they’re up to date with industry changes and have the best tools at their disposal is all part of what we do.
FAST RESPONSE TIMES
Prompt attendance to site with most reporting available within 2 Business days with an optional URGENT next business day report available on some services.
OUR PRICING IS FAIR & TRANSPARENT
Select the service that best suits your requirements – all prices are GST inclusive.
ONSITE COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT & REPORTING
ACROSS ALL FIVE HEALTHY HOMES COMPLIANCE CATEGORIES
- All work done is in compliance with Healthy Homes Regulations & Tenancy Services requirements
- Compliance certificate (or reporting requiring remedial steps) will generally be issued the same Business day
- Business Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm (excl. Public Holidays), After Hours & Weekend services are available – contact us for more information.
- A surcharge may apply for remote locations
- Properties over 20yrs old will be recommended for reassessment at 5yr intervals, properties which exit/re-enter the rental market will require reassessment to demonstrate ongoing compliance
- Revisits are $86.91 Excl GST
- Full Reassessments or interval assessments (same property) are $173.86 Excl GST
The main living room must have a fixed heating device that can heat the room to at least 18°C. The new regulations clarify the requirements for heating devices – some will not meet the requirements under the heating standard as they are inefficient, unaffordable or unhealthy – We have a specialised assessment tool which is used to determine the heating capacity required (and subsequently what type of heating device) for individual rooms.
The minimum level of ceiling and underfloor insulation must either meet the 2008 Building Code, or (for existing ceiling insulation) have a minimum thickness of 120mm and be in reasonable condition with no dampness, damage or displacement. The new Healthy Home regulations also specify where insulation exemption applies.
Ventilation must include openable windows in each habitable space. The windows must comprise at least 5% of the floor area of that space. An appropriately sized (externally vented) extraction fan or rangehood must be installed in rooms with a bath or shower or indoor cooktop.
The Healthy Homes standards reinforce existing law that says landlords must have adequate drainage and guttering.
If a rental property has an enclosed subfloor space, it must have an on-ground moisture barrier, which will stop moisture rising into the home.
Any gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, floors and doors that cause unreasonable draughts must be blocked. This includes all unused open fireplaces and chimneys.
We also offer other specialised scientific services, contact us for more information. All pricing is GST inclusive & subject
to change without notice. Business hours: Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm (Excl. Public Holidays), after hours & weekend services
are available – contact us for more information. A surcharge may apply for remote locations