Nearly 600,000 households rent in New Zealand. Our rental homes are often cold and damp which, in turn, can lead to negative health and social outcomes for tenants.
MBIE are seeking feedback on proposed standards to make rental homes warmer and drier.
The healthy homes standards will set minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, draught-stopping, drainage and the control of moisture in residential rental properties.
What MBIE are consulting on
The discussion document includes five proposed healthy homes standards for rental homes:
- Heating – what minimum achievable indoor temperature should heating devices be sized for in rental homes, where should heating be located, should landlords only be required to provide heating devices where portable electric heaters are insufficient and should certain heating devices be not acceptable?
- Insulation – what is an appropriate level of insulation for rental homes and how should the condition of insulation be assessed?
- Ventilation – what is the appropriate level of ventilation to ensure rental homes have adequate airflow in areas of high moisture?
- Moisture ingress and drainage – are existing laws for rental homes sufficient to protect against moisture and inadequate drainage or could regulations better protect against moisture entering the home?
- Draught stopping – what appropriate measures should landlords take to stop draughts in a rental home?
The discussion document also seeks feedback on the timing and phasing for when landlords must comply with the standards.
Make your submission at the MBIE website.