Rental Properties – New Laws Now in Effect

What you need to know:

What: New minimum standards for rental properties to improve heating, insulation, ventilation and drainage, reduce moisture and stop draughts. Check out the recent Tenancy Services newsletter article for an overview of the specific requirements.

When: New requirements come into effect in stages from 1 July 2019 to 1 July 2024. (Please look at the Tenancy Services website for 2020-2024 deadlines).

Who:   Rental property landlords, owners and managers.

Why:   To make rental homes warmer, drier and healthier for tenants.

What you need to do: Make sure you have met the requirements:

From 1 July 2019

  • Ceiling and underfloor insulation is required in all rental homes where it’s reasonably practicable, ie feasible, to install.
  • Landlords must include a separately signed statement with each tenancy agreement that they will meet, or already meet, the healthy homes standards. This applies to any new, varied or renewed agreement. This statement is in addition to the existing requirement to include a separately signed insulation statement. Tenancy Services has guidance about tenancy agreements and statements on their site. They also offer templates you can use to get it done.
  • Landlords must begin keeping records that show compliance with any healthy homes standards that apply, or will apply, during the tenancy. Records can include:
    • a Building Code compliance certificate
    • documents (eg receipts, reports or certificates), photographs and video recordings of professional work, evaluations or inspections that have been done
    • product manuals and/or other manufacturer’s information for installed products, eg heat pump.

For more information, please look at the Tenancy Services website