Healthy Homes Standard
Is your property compliant?
The New Zealand Healthy Homes Standards are a set regulations designed to improve the quality of rental properties in the country. The standards set minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture control, and draught stopping.
Ceiling insulation must be at least 120mm thick and have an R-value of at least R2.9.
Underfloor insulation must be at least 70mm thick and have an R-value of at least R1.3.
The insulation must be installed safely and securely, and any gaps must be repaired.
HEALTHY HOMES STANDARDS
Landlords must provide one or more fixed heaters that can directly heat the main living room. The heater(s) must be acceptable types and must meet the minimum heating capacity required for your main living room.
Ceiling and underfloor insulation has been compulsory in all rental homes since 1 July 2019. The healthy homes insulation standard builds on the current regulations and some existing insulation will need to be topped up or replaced.
Rental properties must have openable windows in the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms. Kitchens and bathrooms must have extractor fans.
Moisture Ingress and Drainage Standard
Rental properties must have efficient drainage for the removal of storm water, surface water and ground water. Rental properties with an enclosed sub-floor space must have a ground moisture barrier.
Draught Stopping Standard
A rental property must not have unreasonable gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, skylights, floors and doors which cause noticeable draughts. All unused open fireplaces must be closed off or their chimneys must be blocked to prevent draughts.