The first Healthy Homes standard has come into place. But what does this mean for landlords? Keep reading to find out how this affects you.
From the 1st December all new, varied or renewed tenancy agreements must include a statement of the rental property's current level of compliance with all aspects of the Healthy Homes Standards including:
The insulation location in the ceiling and underfloor. type, R-value (or the thickness in mm), the condition, date installed, and date it was last inspected.
What ventilation is available in each room within the property, plus the diameter or exhaust capacity for each extractor fan installed must also be stated for the kitchen and bathroom.
Heating type and the current capacity in kw to determine the property’s ability to reach 18°C.
The moisture ingress, if each subfloor space has a ground moisture barrier, and written confirmation that the property has an efficient drainage system.
If the premises is free from unintentional and unreasonable gaps and holes in that allow draughts.
For each open fireplace, there must be a statement that it is either closed off and its chimney is blocked, or it is not closed off per tenant’s request.
If the property is exempt from any of the above, a brief description as to why is required.
Your Next Step
Many of you may choose to complete this yourself, however this statement does require detailed measurement, which will be best achieved and most accurately by a professional who specialises in this field, which is why we recommend you get in contact with a building inspector, or in touch with a property management company who can manage this all for you, plus the upcoming Healthy Homes Standards.
We understand that managing a property can be stressful at the best of times. When additional costs and involving regulations are added to the mix, it can be tempting to question whether the investment is worth the hassle. If you find yourself overwhelmed, using a property manager is an easy way to cut the stress out of the equation.
Property managers are professionals that take on all aspects of the landlord’s role. At Quinovic, we’ve been managing property investments for over 30 years. In this time, we’ve developed invaluable relationships with tradespeople across Wellington, gained extensive experience in the rental market, and earned an insight that can only be built over time. We’re proud to call ourselves experts and provide our clients with professional advice, every step of the way.
If you’ve got questions about the Healthy Homes Standards or how we can help
you manage your properties, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!
Call Jordan Atkinson - 027 297 0873
Quinovic Kent Terrace | Wellington
Call Allan Hartley - 027 522 9084
Quinovic Johnsonville | Wellington
Call Helen Vance - 027 487 8103
Quinovic Hutt Valley | Wellington