Consultation - Healthy Homes Standards

We're seeking your feedback on proposed new standards for rental homes to make them warmer, drier and healthier. Submissions must be received by 6pm on Monday, 22 October 2018.

Changes to the Act

The Healthy Homes Guarantee Act (No 2) passed into law in December 2017.

It amended the Residential Tenancies Act 1986, and enables the government to create regulations that will set new standards for rental homes. These are called the Healthy Homes Standards.

The standards aim to make rental homes warmer and drier, and deliver the greatest benefit to tenants without imposing an unreasonable burden and cost on landlords.

Healthy Homes Standards

Discussion document

A discussion document about the Healthy Homes Standards is now available for public comment.

Submissions must be received  by 6pm on Monday 22 October 2018.

We want your feedback on

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?

Smoke alarms and insulation

New regulations about ceiling and floor insulation and smoke alarms in rental homes came into force in 2016. Landlords must comply with these requirements by 1 July 2019

Regulations for insulation and smoke alarms

The Healthy Homes Standards don't change these obligations or the deadline to comply with them.

During this consultation, however, we want your feedback on whether more rental homes should have their insulation upgraded.

Impact on landlords

We want your feedback on the timing and phasing for when landlords must comply with any new standards.

Once the standards are in place, landlords will need to check whether their rental homes meet the standards.

Some may need to take steps to bring their properties up to the appropriate standards (for example, installing new heating devices or extractor fans in certain rooms.)

How to send us your feedback

To send us your feedback:

Your feedback will be considered in refining and improving proposals before Government makes any final decisions on the healthy homes standards.

October 1, 2018

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