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Regulations for insulation and smoke alarms

The 2016 regulations set out requirements for insulation and smoke alarms in all rental properties.

Landlords were required to meet these requirements before 1 July 2019. 

These requirements affect those who:

  • rent privately
  • live in social housing
  • are a private rental or social housing landlord.

Use of foil to insulate properties is banned

The installation and/or repair of foil insulation in residential properties is banned.

A ban on installing and/or repairing foil insulation in residential buildings with existing electrical installations has been declared under the Building Act 2004.

It's an offence under the Act to breach this ban and anyone who breaches it may be liable to a fine of up to $200,000.

Find out more about warnings and bans on building products on the Building Performance website.

Information for tenants and landlords

The Tenancy Services website has more information about smoke alarms and insulation, including your rights and responsibilities, and advice for tenants and landlords.

More information about smoke alarms

More information about insulation

Published: October 13, 2021

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