Residential Housing

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development works with central and local government agencies, the housing sector and communities across New Zealand to:

  • improve housing affordability and supply
  • ensure tenants live in warm, dry, healthy and safe rental housing, and
  • improve housing quality and choices for Māori and their whānau.

Housing affordability

We're working with other government and housing sector agencies to deliver a comprehensive work programme to improve housing affordability.

That work programme includes KiwiBuild, new Housing Affordability Measures, and changes to Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas legislation.

Housing affordability

Healthy rental homes

The new healthy homes standards set minimum requirements for rental properties in five key areas to create warmer, drier rental homes for tenants. The standards were recently gazetted in regulations and come into effect over the next few years.

Healthy rental homes

Māori housing

He Whare Āhuru He Oranga Tāngata — the Māori Housing Strategy aims to improve Māori housing over the period 2014 to 2025.

The focus is to:

  • improve the housing situation of Māori and their whānau, and
  • help Māori organisations create more housing options for Māori.

Māori housing

Retirement villages

A retirement village contains 2 or more residential units to provide residential accommodation with services and/or facilities.

Retirement village operators are governed by legislation and regulations designed to protect the interests and wellbeing of current and intending residents.

Retirement villages

Tenancy and rentals

The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (the RTA) came into force more than 30 years ago. To ensure it remains fit for purpose, a number of legislative changes are planned or already underway.

The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (the RTA) came into force more than 30 years ago. To ensure it remains fit for purpose, the Government has announced a number of proposed legislative changes.

Recently the new healthy homes standards set minimum requirements for rental properties in five key areas to create warmer, drier rental homes for tenants. The standards were recently gazetted in regulations and come into effect over the next few years.

Tenancy and rentals

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