New Healthy Homes Standards for New Zealand

Healthy Homes Standards

The was a protest in 2014 in Wellington in which people wanted aHealthy Homes protest
Warrant of Fitness for rental homes in New Zealand.
On 1 July 2019 the Healthy Home standards became law.
This article give and overview of the minimum and specific standards for rental properties.
Check out the in depth  general information  for  Healthy Homes on the Tenancy Services Website,
which includes a map for New Zealand Climate Zones.

Heating Standard

A fixed heater which is at least 1.5 kW in heating capacity which can maintain at least 18 degrees Celsius in the living room must be provided by the landlord.
The Tenancy Services have an Online Heating assessment tool

Insulation standard

For a drier home, less heating cost and to reduce the risk of mould it is important that the property is insulated. All rental homes require insulation from the 1. July 2019.
Click here for the Insulation Standards

Info on Mould and Dampness

Online Insulation Tool

Ventilation standard

In a rental home there must  be at least 5 %  of the wall space of each room possible to be opened. Extractor fans must be installed in kitchens and bathrooms.

Download the ventilation guidance document. [PDF, 824 KB]

Moisture ingress and drainage standard

The health for the tenants can be compromised by dampness.
The quality of the property can affected by dampness which is a result of moisture.
Storm water, surface water and ground water must have efficient drainage for easy removal.

Download the moisture ingress and drainage guidance document. [PDF, 929 KB]

Draught stopping standard

Landlords must make sure that gaps (larger than 3 mm) that are not part of the intentional construction need to be sealed. To prevent draughts any unused fireplaces must be closed or their chimneys must be blocked.

Download the draught stopping guidance document. [PDF, 790 KB]

There are some
Exemptions to the healthy homes standards

Healthy homes compliance time frames

This information has been made possible thanks to the

Tenancy Services Website

You can download the PDF for the Healthy Homes Standard 

Image Credit: Harry on Flickr

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Red Beach House Inspections


Red Beach Hibiscus Coast

Red Beach is part of the Hibiscus Coast which is about 30 minutes from Auckland and now is only 5 minutes away from the Millwater motorway on ramp.

A Buyer’s Choice House Inspections  are now available in Red Beach.

“Red Beach is a suburb surrounding the beach of the same name on the Hibiscus CoastAuckland, New Zealand, at the base of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. The suburb of Silverdale is to the south-west, and Orewa to the north. Red Beach Area for House inpections The beach is on the Hauraki Gulf and the suburb is bounded by two estuaries, that of the Weiti River to the south and the Orewa River to the north. The population was 6,432 in the 2013 census, an increase of 525 from 2006.[1]

The Hibiscus Coast Highway runs through the suburb. This was previously State Highway 1[2] and then State Highway 17. The majority of highway traffic now travels along the Northern Motorway inland instead, as the motorway was re-designated as State Highway 1 when an extension was completed in 2009. All road access to the rest of Whangaparaoa Peninsula currently runs through the suburb.” from Red Beach on Wikipedia
Check out the Trip Advisor for Red Beach



Why is checking for Methamphetamine in a House important

MethamphetamineWhy is it important to have a house you are buying or renting tested for Residues of Methamphetamine?

Meth/’P’, a common term for Methamphetamine in New Zealand, is the cause of many health issues, not just for those who use it but also for those who move into a home where it has been used or ‘cooked’.

Methamphetamine can leave a residue in the house when is being smoked and especially when it is ‘cooked’ on the premise. This Meth residue can linger for 10 years or even longer.
Producing Meth/P requires various chemicals, some of which are toxic.
Walls, appliances, carpets and furniture and more will be the place the toxic chemical get deposited and may require replacements costing thousands of dollar and can be time-consuming.
In severe cases a house contaminated with Meth/’P’ may need to be stripped right back to the frame-work to remove all residues.
It can be very expensive to de-contaminate a house with Methamphetamine residue, especially since the excess on insurance has been raised to $2.500 by some insurance companies like State, AMI, and NZI for meth claims.

When people moved into a house not knowing that it was contaminated they had to throw out a lot of their belongings.

Living in a house with residual Meth can cause many effects on people’s health even just from short-term exposure.
Very often children are affected by this because the ‘P’ has been cooked in  spare (now children’s) room.

“Many of the chemicals from both meth production and meth use are absorbable through the skin,” said Dr. Patrick Luedtke, senior public health officer with Lane County. they get right away into those blood vessels that are right beneath the surface of the skin.”

A baby crawling on the floor could potentially ingest enough to get high.” from Residue from smoking meth in homes: ‘It’s basically invisible’

Short term exposure

  • Convulsions
  • Sleep disorders
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Skin problems
  • Headaches
  • Coughing
  • Nausea
  • Watery or burning eyes
  • Dizziness

Long term exposure

  • Nervous/neurological disorders
  • Cancer
  • Liver damage
  • Reproductive problems
  • Kidney damage
  • Tremors
  • Birth defects
  • Death
  • And others…

For the safety and well being of anyone buying or renting the house it pays to have it tested, especially if it has been occupied by tenants.

A Buyer’s Choice‘ House Inspector tests for Methamphetamine according to the  latest New Zealand standard (NZ8510 ) of 2017.

“The recommended levels for decontamination are:

  • 1.5 micro grams / 100cm this is for high use and limited use areas.
  • 3.8 micro grams / 100cm this is for a limited use area of a property.

A limited use area of a property is an area that is likely to be accessed for short periods of time by adults. Areas such as crawl spaces and wall cavities are examples. Above these levels remediation decontamination and re-testing will be required. ” From  A Buyer’s Choice Meth Testing 

The article “How to stop Tenants from breaking bad” suggests that  landlords test the home for Meth/’P’ every four month.

Health Guidance on Clandestine Drug Laboratories and Public

Image Credit: Wikipedia

What can you expect when you have A Buyer s Choice House Inspection


House undergoing Inspection

A Buyers’s Choice House Inspection is very comprehensive.

You can expect professionalism and expertise and Peace of Mind from having A Buyer’s Choice House Inspection.

It would be good to set aside a morning or afternoon for the appointment with your qualified home inspector.
You are most welcome to be present, it is even advisable to be there when the inspection is taking place.
When you accompany the inspector during the thorough check of the condition of the house you can

  • see what the inspector finds out
  • ask questions during the inspection

You can expect your home, or the house you are buying, being taken under the magnifying glass,
following a code book for house inspections,
covering all aspects as listed here, and more.
Some of the critical issues a qualified home inspector checks are:

  • Safety issue
  • Structural damage
  • Dampness
  • Electrical
  • Foundation
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Septic system
  • Bugs
    and much more.

A professional and unbiased  report of 60 pages with over 100 photos,
which is easy to read, will be emailed on the same day  by the house inspector.

The video is from A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspection in the United States and it is also applies to House Inspections in New Zealand since the Inspectors receive the same training and qualifications.

Video Credit: Glenda Black


Which issues are important to fix after a House Inspection

Which Issues are important to fix after a Home Inspection?

fixing issues after Home InspectionsWhether you as the seller or the buyer has had the Home Inspection done,
it is very likely that there maybe issues which need fixing. 
The buyer may request that the seller will fix some issues found by the home inspector.
Not all of the issues mentioned in the 60 page report, issued by a
qualified A Buyer’s Choice house inspector, may need to be fixed by the seller. There some defects which are mandatory (i.e. safety issues) or importantto repair so the sale can go through.
This is why it is a good idea to have a pre-listing home inspection, so the seller has plenty of time to either get a tradesman/woman to do the job or , if possible, fix it him/herself before putting the property on the market.
This could save time and money and could increase the chances of the house getting sold.

It can be overwhelming in regards to
what needs to addresssed.
Check out the video (2:05 min)  and links below to find out what matters most.

What fixes are mandatory after a Home Inspection
by Rosie Romero

10 Deal Killers – Reasons why Homebuyers walk away from a  Home purchase
by Matt Steinhausen

Image Credit: Merio on Pixabay

Video Credit: Larry Keeble on You Tube