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 Guarantee Act (No 2) passed into law in December 2017, amending the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.

The Healthy Homes Guarantee Act enables the government to create regulations that set minimum standards for rental homes — the Healthy Homes Standards.

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

October 1, 2018