Healthy Homes Standards
The was a protest in 2014 in Wellington in which people wanted a
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
There are some
Exemptions to the healthy homes standards
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