Healthy Homes Compliance Statement Due
From December 1, all new and renewed tenancy agreements need to include separately signed compliance statements.
1 December 2020
This statement requires certain details of the rental property’s current level of compliance with the Healthy Homes standards. These include information about the home’s heating capacity, standards of the insulation (including the R-value), ventilation, and draught stopping measures.
There is an updated residential tenancy agreement (which can be downloaded from tenancy.govt.nz) that includes all of the new insulation requirements. Landlords can also choose to use their own residential tenancy agreement, and download a separate compliance statement from the same website.
This compliance template is comprehensive, and is designed to help ensure landlords enter all information required under the new regulations, and incorporate the requirements of the insulation statement, which has been required in new tenancy agreements since July 1, 2016.
It will not be necessary to include a separate insulation statement in future, if landlord’s use either the Tenancy Services’ agreement template or statement template.
The exception to the requirement to provide a compliance statement is fixed term tenancies where the agreement will terminate before the Healthy Homes Standards become law, on July 1, 2021.
It is important to note that landlords can be fined up to $500 for failure to include and sign this statement from December 1.