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 address issues with moisture ingress and drainage and draught stopping.

About the standards

Ensuring everyone has a warm dry rental home is a priority for improving the wellbeing of New Zealanders and their families. Nearly 600,000 households rent in New Zealand and research tells us that NZ’s rental housing is of poorer quality than owner-occupied homes.

The Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019 became law on 1 July 2019.

The healthy homes standards include minimum standards for: 

  • heating
  • insulation
  • ventilation
  • moisture ingress and drainage
  • draught stopping. 

Information for tenants and landlords

The Tenancy Services website has more information about the healthy homes standards, including your rights and responsibilities, and advice for tenants and landlords.

Visit the Tenancy Services website

Compliance timeframes

The compliance timeframes are as follows:



1 July 2021 

From this date, private landlords must ensure that their rental properties comply with HHS within 90 days of any new tenancy.

1 July 2021 

All boarding houses must comply with the HHS.

1 July 2023 

Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities and registered Community Housing Provider houses must comply with the HHS.

1 July 2024 

All rental homes must comply with the HHS.

Monitoring implementation of the Healthy homes standards

In 2020, we commissioned a series of surveys of renters and landlords, to help HUD and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) monitor the implementation of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act (HHGA).  

These surveys are designed to track the awareness of and compliance with the healthy homes standards through a yearly online survey of renters and landlords from across the country.

Published: October 13, 2021