Healthy rental homes

Nearly 600,000 households rent in New Zealand. The Government is committed to ensuring tenants in rental homes can live in safe, warm, dry and healthy homes.

Healthy homes standards

The healthy homes standards aim to make a significant change to the quality of New Zealand rental homes. The Standards cover improvements to heating, insulation, and ventilation, and addressing issues with moisture ingress and drainage and draught stopping.

Healthy Homes Standards

Insulation and smoke alarms

Changes to Residential Tenancy Regulations regarding insulation and smoke alarms came into force on 1 July 2016. Landlords must meet these requirements before 1 July 2019.

Regulations for insulation and smoke alarms

Unlawful residential premises

Proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 aim to give tenants greater protection if rental premises are found to be unlawful for residential purposes.

Unlawful residential premises

Published: May 18, 2020