When do rentals need to comply?
Any new, changed, rolled over or extended Tenancy Agreement must comply with all 5 Healthy Homes Standards within 90 days.
Earlier this year Tenancy Services clarified the trigger point for rental properties having to comply with the 5 Healthy Homes standards.
In short - any new, extended or roll-over of an agreement triggers the 90 day compliance deadline.
Changing a tenancy agreement will have an impact on the Healthy Homes Standards (HHS) date as follows:
1. Continue / Extend
The HHS compliance date does not change if the fixed term tenancy is continued/extended. If a new or renewed fixed-term tenancy starts on or after 1 July 2021, then the HHS compliance date is 90 days later.
The HHS compliance date does not change if the tenancy is varied. If a variation occurs and the original tenancy was signed before 1 July 2019, you need to include an Intent to Comply Statement in the tenancy agreement.
Renewing a fixed-term tenancy can have an impact on the Healthy Homes compliance date and what required statements must be included in the new tenancy agreement:
- Renewed tenancy agreement signed before 1 July 2021 but ends before 1 July 2024. You will need to include an Intent to Comply Statement in the tenancy agreement.
- Renewed tenancy agreement signed before 1 July 2021 but ends after 1 July 2024. You will need to include a Compliance Statement in the tenancy agreement.
- Renewed fixed-term tenancy agreement begins on or after 1 July 2021. The property must comply with the 5 Healthy Homes Standards within 90 days of the starting date of the further fixed-term period. You must also include a Compliance Statement with the new agreement.
Info you'll need for Tenancy Agreements.
- The level of ceiling & underfloor insulation (new ceiling standard is greater than before).
- The "required heating capacity" using the Tenancy Services Calculation (based on wall and window measurements).
- Presence and compliance of existing fixed heating devices in the living room that meet the calculated "required heating capacity".
- Presence or not of externally vented bathroom and kitchen extractors of appropriate size.
- Adequate window ventilation in kitchen, living, dining and bedrooms including windows that are:
- able to be fixed open and
- are of a size at least 5% of the floor area of the room.
- Whether the sub-floor has or needs ground vapour barrier.
- Adequate gutters and drains.
- No unreasonable gaps around window, doors, floors, ceiling etc and unused fireplaces blocked off.
Healthy Homes Standards for Rentals
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* information sourced from tenancy.govt.nz